Jakoby-Mathy Kinheimer Rosenberg Riesling Auslese “Eulenlay,” Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Quite a mouth-full both in name and in flavor. This is a super-friendly, surprisingly light-on-its-feet Auslese with pronounced notes of lychee and an almost citric zing to it. Jakoby-Mathy may not be a household riesling name quite yet, but the winemaker, Erich Jakoby, was a cellar-master at Selbach-Oster, which is a household name. Pedigree, as they say, is everything
Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spatlese , Rheinhessen
Like so many Spätleses, this one is great right now–think tropical fruit bashed open with a big gray stone–and has all the stuffing it needs for a long-haul journey in the back of the cellar: great producer, great wine, great price.
J.J. Christoffel Erben Erdener Trepchen Riesling Spatlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
From the other J.J. in the Mosel (Prum may have more caché, but this one’s prices are better!), this screw-topped stunner has all the guts to go another couple of decades. Or, if you can’t wait quite that long, and you’re willing to accept that it’s holding back a bit at this stage, crack open a bottle and go right at it: It’s like liquid stones and springtime flowers.
St-Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Follow these steps: 1. Grab a seat on the couch. 2. Open this bottle. 3. try not to glug it all down in one sitting. 4. Accept that #3 is darn near impossible. This user-friendly gem is not only drinking great right now but has a long, long life ahead of it.
Studert-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Anyone who’s been to a Wine School class knows that we’re big on that whole petrol-y thing that good riesling has. And this bottle possesses it in spades, and then some: Maybe even clubs and hearts and diamonds, too. Delicious, vaguely spicy stuff, like sticking your head in a bagful of orange blossoms while idling at the local Sunoco station.