Schloss Vollrads is one of the oldest wine estates in the world with a history that dates back some 800 years. Located in the heart of the Rhine River Valley, the Rhinegau, Riesling is all they grow. And because of its venerable history it is one of the very few German wines where only the estate name, no village, is required on the label. This Spatlese is typically rich and expressive with a delicate balance of sweetness and vibrancy, clearly capable of long cellar aging. 2013 was another stellar vintage for German Riiesling. A frequent Wine Spectator Top 100 wine, they scored this 2013 91 points and Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 93 points saying "Rose petal and sage notes lend a garden-green freshness to this sprightly semidry Riesling. Nervy lemon-lime flavors jolt the palate awake, but are softened by plush tones of apricot and honey. Itís a squarely structured wine thatís revitalizing sip after sip."
I'm not a wine expert, but I know what I like. This wine has the sweetness you'd expect in a spatlese, but with a little bit of spice at the finish. It is not cloyingly sweet and has a touch of effervescence. A truly drinkable wine. I bought a case.
Golden yellow exhibiting "good legs." Sweetness is spot-on: just enough to know you are drinking a Spatlese, not so much as to be difficult to pair with food. I had not tasted a Schloss Vollrads for several years. It was a pleasure to return to it and find the tasting experience consistent with pleasant memories of vintages of the 70s and 80s. The Germans are experts at making these naturally sweet wines, and when everything comes together (grapes, weather, location, craft), they are difficult if not impossible to duplicate elsewhere.