2008 August Kesseler Pinot 'N' Spätburgunder Trocken

Scores: 90+ CRU:86 CT:87.7 RP:90 WS:89 AVG: 88

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Winemaker, August Kesseler is one of the world's best and his wines are amongst the best in Germany (and beyond). His Pinot Noir vines are planted on the heat-retaining, porous slate soils of the Assmannshauser Hollenberg vineyard where the grapes attain fabulous concentration. Fastidious hand-harvesting ensures that only the very best fruit is selected. It is then pressed before being aged in barriques for just over a year. The final wine has a strong mineral quality with succulent red summer berry fruits and a fine backbone of acidity.

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, Jun 2014, 86
Garnot colour. Nice wild berries aromas with hint of cinnamon and rose note. Tiny bit of sweetness, balance by very nice acidity. With nice red cherry and mineral in the mouth. Fine grained tannin makes it very smooth.

, Jan 2011, 90
Fresh blackberry, red currant, kirsch, soy, pistachio paste, and marzipan lend Kesselers 2008 Pinot N Spatburgunder a combination of almost confectionary sweetness, saline savor, and sheer refreshment such as, among reds, only Pinot Noir can deliver, and that nevertheless engenders no sense of disharmony. Chewy fruit skin and piquant fruit pit notes add to the sense of invigoration; marrow-like meatiness lends an aura of mystery; while generous glycerin adds to the richness and textural allure displayed by this astonishing value that should continue to shine for at least 2-3 years. August Kesseler and his cellarmaster Max Himstedt promise great things from their 2009 Pinot Noirs but they were not yet ready to show them last September. In light of that allegedly outstanding quality as well as of the difficult market, they decided that their 2008 collection in red should culminate at the Cuvee Max quality level and not include vineyard-designated bottlings. In his usual conservative and market-sensitive approach, Kesseler also elected to bottle from 2009 one of his smallest Riesling collections in memory, inter alia forgoing any attempt to capture what little botrytis was present. Irrigation was critical during the late summer drought, insists Kesseler, “otherwise, we would have harvested grapes in the Rudesheimer Berg of only 80 or 85 Oechsle.”

, Jan 2011, 89
This succulent, supple red sports cherry, raspberry and mineral notes. Well-integrated, with hints of spice and mineral on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2018. 750 cases made.

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Type Red Wine 紅酒
Grapes Spätburgunder
Country Germany
Wine Region Rheingau
Producer August Kesseler

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