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Markus Molitor Riesling (Off-Dry) Trabener Würzgarten Auslese Green Kapsel 2018  - First Bottle


97 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2018 Riesling Trabener Würzgarten Auslese ** (Green Capsule) is coolish and flinty on the crystalline, pure and terroir-driven, brilliantly clear and excitingly detailed and complex nose. Round and filigreed on the crystalline palate, this is a pure, lush, elegant, finessed and intense Würzgarten Auslese with very fine Riesling flavors and perfectly round balance. The finish is fine and salty-piquant, full of grip, depth and mineral tension. This is an impressive Auslese from a lesser known yet historically prestigious terroir that will gain popularity with wines like this soon. This feinherb Auslese is the perfect interpretation of the Würzgarten in Traben. Although it already drinks dangerously well, the 2018 will gain complexity and class with bottle age. So, don't miss buying enough cases. Tasted twice at the domain in September 2020.

Technical Details

  • BlendRiesling
  • WinemakerMarkus Molitor
  • CountryGermany
  • RegionMosel
  • AppellationSaar Ruwer
  • VineyardTrabener Würzgarten
  • Farming MethodOrganic and Sustainable
  • Alcohol11.5%

Markus Molitor Riesling (Off-Dry) Trabener Würzgarten Auslese Green Kapsel 2018

Riesling  |  Germany

Organic and Sustainable
25% off retail!

Markus Molitor makes 110 different wines EACH harvest! We’ve cherry-picked a handful of our favorites – and this supremely delicious 97 POINT Auslese from Trabener Würzgarten just might be a new favorite!

Markus Molitor is a staff favorite here at First Bottle – one we’ve been supporting for years. We’d argue that his portfolio is the best, and most consistent, in all of Germany. Auslese is considered to be Markus’ “bread and butter” sweetness level – the wines that earned him the nickname “Herr 300 Punkte” (“Mr. 300 Points”) when he received three perfect scores on his Auslese rieslings in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate review of his 2015 wines. That was the stroke that turned this German wunderkind into a living legend and, if anything, his wines have only gotten more refined and his practices more focused over time.

This 62-hectare steep slope is a west-facing hill – just across the Mosel from the twin villages of Traben-Trarbach. The dangerously loose soils are composed of the typical Middle Mosel blue-grey slate. This is one of many “Würzgarten” sites in Germany, so named for the spiced wines that were historically made here and the coinciding practice of growing the herbs alongside the vineyards themselves for extra ease of cultivation. Today, however, the grapes themselves are enough, though an herb garden is still planted on-site for nostalgia’s sake. These wines from the Trabener Würzgarten are prized for their captivating aromatics and their inimitable weight and viscosity – and Markus’ iteration is no exception.

This falls in line with the very best the site has to offer – with intensely aromatic notes of smoky flint, flowering thyme, Japanese salted plum, ginger, Korean pear, and sea spray. Nearly perfect now, but with a sort of careful austerity that makes us sure this wine’s best days are yet to come! A closely-knit structure, a piercing acidity, and a rich, honeyed finish – these elements almost seem to be harnessed at this stage in the wine’s growth. A couple of years (with upper limits of several decades) are sure to unleash this wine’s full potential...and that is perhaps the highest we’ve yet seen with this vintage of Markus’ iconic Mosel rieslings.

About the Producer

In 1984, at the tender age of 20, Markus Molitor took over his father's winery with a clear aim: to produce Mosel Rieslings under the name "Molitor" in the tradition of eight generations and in the same quality that made the region world-famous 100 years ago. The wines are terroir-specific, unmistakable and extremely age-able. One of our favorite Mosel producers here at First Bottle!