White - Off-dry

2007 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese

Riesling

  • Germany
  • Mosel Saar Ruwer
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Community Tasting Notes 32

  • ArtF Likes this wine: 93 points

    October 27, 2019 - Light gold. Sweet/sour with refreshing acidity and lots of minerals. Medium bodied, not light or ethereal. But firm and balanced. I think sweetness and acidity will help this last another 3-5 years.

  • Neecies Likes this wine:

    June 14, 2019 - Rich yellow color. Coconut notes dominate with ginger ale, lemon and tangy mango. Drinking very well now, but has plenty of structure for further aging.

  • dk563 Likes this wine: 90 points

    January 20, 2019 - Last bottle and was actually the best if the 6 i’ve drank. Seems a tad more mellow with the sugar having been better balanced with a bit of straw and acidity. Happy wine.

  • bkc1428 wrote: 93 points

    November 19, 2018 - Brief double decant to quickly open and then sat in bottle to slow ox for over an hour.

    This was gorgeous in every which way! Notes of bruised peaches, candied/dried honeycrisp apples, ripe palisade peaches, crushed stones, cardamom, saffron, honeysuckle, and loads of petrol! The weight is at a perfect spot and the nose and palate matched beautifully, so I believe that this is entering its peak right now! That being said, it will not be going anywhere anytime soon, so no rush to drink.

  • ArtF Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 24, 2018 - Yellow gold color. Medium bodied and smooth. Balanced sweet/sour palate. Elegant complement to food like orange duck or mango chicken. Drink now or hold another handful of years as sweetness continues to slowly diminish.

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  • By Joel B. Payne
    January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142 (link)

    (Karthauserhof Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Spatlese) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    7/8/2008 (link)

    (Karthäuserhof, Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese Ruwer White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2008, Issue #14, The 2007 Vintage in Germany: A Great Classic In the Making

    (Weingut Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese) Subscribe to see review text.

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    7/24/2009 (link)

    (KARTHAUSERHOF Eitels. SPATLESE) 2007 Karthauserhof Dear Friends, We've had a number of requests for this 2007 Spatlese since last summer (on our Forum board and elsewhere) but I wanted to wait until I was sure it would emerge from the pent-up shell that had concealed it since bottling. Now that the wine has blossomed, I'm firmly behind it. This wine is a perfect example of why I try not to make a wholesale proclamation about a wine before I am convinced of its proclivity. If I went on my initial impression of this Spatlese in Spring 2008 we would not be offering it (or listened to some of the critical reviews, that, curiously, have now been been revised - see WS below). I always try to go back and retaste a wine or portfolio that perplexed me on release, usually 6-9 months after my initial encounter, and I did this with Karthauserhof's entire 2007 stable a few weeks ago - I'm glad I did. While many of the dry wines Karthauserhof produced in 2007 shimmered from day one, his sweet wines were somewhat closed and not giving themselves away. Christoph Tyrell told me to be patient with his 2007s - that pedigree and history was on their side - he was right. We've been avid supporters of this Ruwer legend over the years but the prices have become tough to stomach. What was once $15-20 now commands more than $40 and I have a hard time convincing myself that it's just the way the wine trade works. At this price, I don't need convincing. The 2007 Eitelsbacher Spètlese has taken nearly a year and a half in bottle to come around but (as of June/July 2009) it literally teems with cracked shards of rock, white skinned fruit and unctuous but still transparent beauty - its best days are yet ahead. What was once a difficult wine to evaluate now combines the best of 2007 with a layered, ample presence dripping with liquid citrus notes that float off into the night sky. It is a lovely wine that should age for another 10-15 years with ease and (dare I say) a bargain at $23+. Two more opinions (but I urge you to look up those of the community as well, especially those that have tried this recently and not in 2008 or early 2009): HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price directly from the source with perfect provenance: 2007 Karthèuserhof Riesling Spètlese Eitelsbacher Karthèuserhofberg Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Germ7699

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2008 (link) (17.5-18+) points

    (Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese) Lovely bright fruit on the nose here, aromatic and clean. It has marvellous precision, pervasive and tingling acidity, and a taut, stylish and yet accessible composition. This is truly excellent.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type White - Off-dry
  • Producer Karthäuserhof
  • Varietal Riesling
  • Designation Spätlese
  • Vineyard Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg
  • Country Germany
  • Region Mosel Saar Ruwer
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation n/a

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 146 (57%)
  • Consumed 110 (43%)

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