Mission Codename Molitor cocktail #2
“Noble sweet wines from Markus Molitor are works of art and deserve the same prices… If you ever have the chance to taste a BA or TBA from Markus Molitor (and don’t have to argue over every single dollar you spend), you shouldn’t miss it.” – Wine Advocate
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.
Holy Botrytis! This is what a great Sauternes wants to be when they grow up. While there are insane amounts of sugar in the final wine here, there is so much else that the finish leaves you in wonder… perplexing in complexity and depth, it leaves us scratching our heads. For under $100, what you get is many wines in one, the closest a berry-by-berry picked nobly rotten Riesling can get to sheer perfection. You KNOW that it will get there one day, as the Wine Advocate says it may by 2100.
Do we have that kind of patience?
99 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate “The 2020 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese * is highly concentrated and clear on the nose that indicates very fine botrytis expression and tropical fruit aromas served on crushed slate. The warmth and generous charm of the Sonnenuhr is concentrated here and comes onto the palate with great finesse and salinity that uplifts and refines the intense and concentrated yet highly delicate fruit. The finish is savory and stimulating and not first of all sweet and rich, which makes this a delicious BA to serve with cheese and also wild game dishes when aged 15 or 20 years. Drink 2035-2100.”
What the Winery Says
2020 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling BA* Goldkapsel 375ml
- Markus Molitor
- 100% Riesling
- Back Label RS Scale
- Mosel, Germany
- Zeltinger Sonnenuhr
- Vine age
- 80-100 years
- Devon blue slate & complex minerals
- 110-160 meters above sea level
- 12 months on fine lees
- 100% stainless steel