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2012 Kloster Eberbach Rauenthaler Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau, Germany

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Ownership: Hessische Staatsweinguter

Average Price of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD: $10

Price History for 2012 Kloster Eberbach Rauenthaler Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau, Germany
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Grape Variety

Riesling is a light-skinned, aromatic grape of German origin which is – if the majority of top wine critics are to be believed – the world's finest white-wine grape variety.

For many, the claim above may seem at odds with the sea of chaptalized, low-quality wine exported from Germany in the late 20th Century. In truth, very little of that infamous wine was Riesling at all (Riesling became a scapegoat for higher-yielding grapes such as Muller-Thurgau and Silvaner), but the reputation has nonetheless stuck. No less unshakeable a stereotype is of Riesling as just a sweet grape, used only to make sticky wines. Although founded on a basic truth ( ...more


Region
  • Rauenthal is a small town in the northern Rheingau that sits just above Martinsthal in the Taunus mountains. The village was settled in the 13th century and takes its name from the desolate valley in which it lies.

    Rothenberg and Baiken are the two Erste Lage sites that take the town's name. Both feature some exceptionally steep slopes. Nonnenberg and Gehrn are vineyards of note, though it is Baiken that is regarded as the best example of this rocky terrain.

    The 49 acres (20ha) of Rothenberg are found to the south-west of Rauenthal and at times reach an incline of 57%. Red phyllite, a type of metamorphic rock containing quartz, mica and chlorite, is characteristic of ...more

  • Rheingau is one of the smallest, and yet one of the most important, of Germany's 13 anbaugebeit wine regions. A 20-minute drive west of Frankfurt, it is located (as the name implies) on the Rhine river. The -gau suffix denotes that it was once a county of the Frankish Empire.

    The classic Rheingau wine is a dry Riesling with pronounced ...more


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