Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Beerenauslese* 2005 (375ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
98 WS / 95 WA
Sweet and backed by a vibrant structure, this is elegant and detailed, with concentrated red berry, lime and nectarine. One of the few BAs to show a mineral component. Terrific balance and harmony, ending with a long, slate-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2040. 2 cases imported. — BS – The Wine Spectator
There is a “one star” 2005 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Beerenauslese* . This Riesling represents in essence a “little” T.B.A., and in its sharper pungency of aroma, more vividly juicy grapefruit citricity, overtly honeyed character, and sheer intensity of flavor, charts different territory from the “regular” Schlossberg B.A.. Rather than drawing on fresh apple for its core of refreshing fruit, this seems to tap into pure lemon juice. Blazing clarity and brightness carry it to a rapier finish, even as the wine remains honeyed and almost thickly rich. The “regular” Schlossberg is positively winsome compared with this large, ferocious feline. Time will tell whether this wine's star marks an extra measure of distinction.
“For me, 2005 is a singular vintage in my career,” says Johannes Selbach, “in that it is ripe, multi-faceted, and has excellent acidity. You can pick any of the other recent classics – 1975, 1990 ... . Each of the benchmark years is great in its way, however here you have a combination that is fun to drink now, ten years from now, and in thirty years as well. It remains to be seen, but I think 2005 is in another league.” Readers will indeed be hard pressed this year to find another address with this many consistently outstanding wines, and when has there ever been a more diverse and at the same time magnificent array of Auslesen? In their upper reaches, the Selbach 2005s seem – like Zilliken's, but in their own unique way – to chart a trajectory beyond the normal course for their vintage. The harvest here extended from mid-October to mid-November David Schildknecht. The Wine Advocate