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C.H. Berres

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2007

Price: $22.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: C.H. Berres
Vintage Year: 2007
Country: Germany
Region: Mosel

TASTING NOTES

A full-fruit Kabinett (actually declassified Auslese) displaying the famous herb spice and minerality originating in Ürzig's rocky, red-slate southfacing slopes. A basketful of fruit on the nose and palate is held together tightly by ripe yet firm acidity.

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PRESS

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2010) - "Apple tart flavors are fresh and fruity, with notes of cinnamon and allspice. Pear and lemon curd linger on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2022. 320 cases made."

89 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Feb 1, 2012

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2009) - "This shows good definition, balance and concentration to the snappy apple, peach and pear flavors. The lilting finish offers spice and hints of smoke, with lots of mineral accents. Drink now through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 330 cases made."

90 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Sep 1, 2011

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2008) - "This white offers breadth and depth, with nectarine and apple flavors underscored by a citrus component. The wine's richness matches with the vibrant acidity, leaving a long, fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 875 cases made."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jun 18, 2010

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2007) - "Appealing, with orange, passion fruit, peach and citrus flavors. Light-bodied and refreshing, it's drier than many in this category, with fine harmony and length."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Mar 31, 2009

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2006) - "This light yellow wine opens with a very attractive perfumed pear like bouquet with citrus overtones. On the palate, the wine display lively acidity, shows some weight, creaminess, and has a refreshing sweetness to it. The wine has iced tea like flavors with lemon hints. The wine would be a nice summer sipper or for those of you in Florida this winter enjoy it on the lanai. Cheers - Ken"


Ken Hoggins, KensWineGuide.com, Nov 30, 2007

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2005) - "Great zip and clarity define the notes of flowers and lime, all driven by an intense stoniness that will emerge over time. Has the light elegance of kabinett with the electric 2005 profile. Drink now through 2018."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Dec 1, 2006

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2005) - "Loads of spices infuse an off-dry pool of apples and limes. Drink now-8 years. - Riesling recommendation, three stars."


Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide, Jan 1, 2007

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C.H. BERRES WINERY INFO

Overview: Since 1510 the Berres family has grown and made great Rieslings in the privileged sites of Ürzig, Erden and Wehlen. Markus Berres, 21st generation, succeeded his father Alfred in 2004. Following graduation from the Geisenheim Institute and one year in the New Zealand wine industry, Markus is relaunching his family’s nine-acre estate with updated wines and packages, including Stelvin closures on all bottles.

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History: The Berres family is recorded to have resided and worked in the vineyards of Ürzig since the year 1510. Markus Berres, 21st generation, has taken the helm of this prestigious Mittel Mosel estate beginning with the 2004 vintage, and is in the process of effecting one of the most significant renaissances in recent German wine history.

Upon secularization of the Mosel by Napoleon, one of the first great private wine estates to be established was that of Peter Nicolay in Ürzig, including the finest sites in Ürzig, Erden, Wehlen, Graach and Zeltingen. Through marriage and inheritance Nicolay became C.H. (Carl Hubert) Berres, which continued to produce and market the estate's great Rieslings under the Peter Nicolay brand until 1986, when the estate was divided upon inheritance.

Carl Hubert's grandson Alfred (father of Markus) retained nearly 10 acres of old, ungrafted Riesling vines in the best sites, including Ürzig's famous Würzgarten and legendary, minuscule Goldwingert, and Erden's Treppchen. While fine wines continued to be made in the original Berres/Nicolay cellars, sales were limited to the local trade, with significant accumulation of great 1990s vintages in the Berres cellars as a result.

Ürzig and Erden are famous for their red slate soils and singular rock outcroppings that retain heat and concentrate the typical herb-spice of the wines. These are the only villages in the Mosel allowed to replant without grafting, as phylloxera was never able to penetrate the rock barriers.

Following graduation from the Geisenheim Institute and experience in the New Zealand wine industry, Markus Berres has approached the 2004 vintage looking enthusiastically to the future, introducing thoroughly modern and intense Rieslings with Stelvin screw cap closures on all bottlings. As a remarkably affordable introduction, Markus has christened his new Estate Riesling from top sites Impulse--symbolic of the renewed energy and optimism at this proud estate.

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