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2008 Von Hovel, Riesling Spatlese, Scharzhofberg, Mosel


Cellar, Image from von Hovel

The first wine I drank from Weingut von Hovel is the 2007 Riesling Spatlese, Oberemmeler Hutte.  While the estate is particularly known for their wines from Oberemmeler Hutte they also have a 7.5 hectare holding in Scharzhofberg.  Earlier this month the 2010 Egon Muller, Scharzhofberger, Riesling Kabinett was my wine of the night at the 2010 Vintage Tasting of the German Wine Society. The Scharzhofberg vineyard lies west of the Hutte vineyard located between the town of Oberemmel and Wiltingen.  It is a 27 hectare vineyard with an east-west orientation.  The pure soils are of well-drained slate and experience cool temperatures with large temperature swings.

This is a wine for a sunny spring day with its bright nature and lemon-honey flavors.  With the sunny, warm weather in the Washington, DC area the timing is fortuitous.  It may be drunk alone or with delicate foods. I personally would drink this now or over the short-term for the acidity softens a bit in the finish so the wine may show best over the next five years.  The wine is currently available at MacArthur Beverages who provided the sample.

2008 Weingut von Hovel, Riesling Spatlese, Scharzhofberg, Mosel- $20
Imported by Rudi Wiest Selections.  The color is a very light yellow with a hint of green.  The light nose is of yellow fruit, herbs, and a touch of sweetness  The flavors of yellow fruit have a citrus start with ripe fruit that dances on the tongue before settling down.  There are smooth lemon-honey fruit flavors with a low-lying honey notes in the middle.  The generally citric acidity morphs into a gentle lemony aftertaste.  With air notes of stone develop on the nose and in the mouth.  This bright, clean wine starts with a touch of residual sugar sweetness but in general tastes rather dry.  *** Now-2017.

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