Mission Codename Molitor cocktail #3
According to Urban Dictionary, a Molitor cocktail is a hand-drunk white wine consumed in a frangible vessel filled with a delicious substance equipped with a cork. In use, once the cork is pulled and the liquid inside makes contact with your tongue, it ignites a fury of sensory delights that course through the entire body.
Okay, that’s not exactly accurate. Or is it? Because there’s NOTHING like a fine Riesling to invigorate the senses and overwhelm the mind with delight.
Cause it’s RIESLING FRIDAY!
With none other than MMM… Master Markus Molitor.
Each of his wines is a tremendous bargain really, albeit in minuscule quantities imported. From the dry to the luscious, from 95 to 99 pointers there’s something for everyone!
We’re in the Mosel, aka Riesling heaven. The styles range from the dry to the luscious, common denominators being searing acidities to balance and resulting scrumptiousness.
Oh, and each and every one is as RARE as they get, micro productions that need to be seized like this fleeting moment, as when they are gone, they will be GONE for good.
Molitor. How big is he? There are 55 Rieslings with 100 perfect points on Wine Advocate ever, and 21 of them are by Molitor. Next are 7 by Fritz Haag and 6 by Dönnhoff. THAT’S how big Molitor is.
Believe it or not, this is the DRIEST of the pack. White flowers and rocks. While the sweetness scale still shows 25% residual sugar on the back label, what’s inside, blind would be 100% dry to most palates due to the SEARING acidity that offsets the sugariness. It’s profoundness is what got us though, perplexed by the tension and the expression of terroir, it’s like blue slate juice with a thousand fruits and flowers…
One burning question remains… can you carpe the diem fast enough on these gems?
98 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2020 Riesling Bernkasteler Lay Auslese ** (White Capsule) is pure, refined and fresh on the precise and concentrated but bright and shining, transcendental nose that is intense and ripe but doesn’t show any tropical fruit aromas. Crystalline, highly refined and saline on the palate, this is a rich and very intense Riesling whose electric acidity takes all the weight and concentration up a steep flight to heaven, where the wine flies possibly forever like a satellite around the globe. The finish is so juicy, so saline and so precise that one can’t leave the glass without a sense of wonder. So much finesse and intensity in one glass? Drink 2030-2070.”
What the Winery Says
2020 Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Auslese** Weißkapsel
- Markus Molitor
- 100% Riesling
- Back Label RS Scale
- Mosel, Germany
- Bernkasteler Lay
- Vine age
- 80-100 years
- Devon blue/grey slate & complex minerals
- 110-160 meters above sea level
- 12 months on fine lees
- 100% Large wooden barrels