Alfred Merkelbach

Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese Riesling

9.334 ratings
9.412 pro ratings
Mosel, Germany
Riesling
Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Fish, Fruit Desserts, Meaty & Oily Fish, Duck, Goat & Feta Cheese, Blue Cheese
Top Notes For
Zach Cherry

Account Manager Worldwide Wine & Spirits

9.4

A testament to the ageability of quality producers at even entry level Mosel Qmp. In the glass, still some silver and green. Low alc, so obviously little tearing (I keep hearing tearing is viscosity, but from a chemistry standpoint, it's rate of alcohol evaporation). Acidity, so on point and defining. Chemical petrol wafts off, dried moss, oregano, candied orange peel, zest, orange blossom...it kind of shows off for a while.

For $25 from a Terry Theise pre-sale, this is a goddamned steal. I'd pay twice this and smile while doing it. Buy it by the case, where you can find it.

A testament to the ageability of quality producers at even entry level Mosel Qmp. In the glass, still some silver and green. Low alc, so obviously little tearing (I keep hearing tearing is viscosity, but from a chemistry standpoint, it's rate of alcohol evaporation). Acidity, so on point and defining. Chemical petrol wafts off, dried moss, oregano, candied orange peel, zest, orange blossom...it kind of shows off for a while.

For $25 from a Terry Theise pre-sale, this is a goddamned steal. I'd pay twice this and smile while doing it. Buy it by the case, where you can find it.

1 person found it helpfulNov 29th, 2015
Antonio Gianola

Ever wondered what joy tasted like? Pure unadulterated joy

Ever wondered what joy tasted like? Pure unadulterated joy

Apr 21st, 2017
Perry Riddle

Gorgeous funky apple and minerality. And of course the characteristic spice. Really a traditional Mosel gem. I cannot resist a Merkelbach wine.

Gorgeous funky apple and minerality. And of course the characteristic spice. Really a traditional Mosel gem. I cannot resist a Merkelbach wine.

Jun 1st, 2015
Francis Huicq

At No 3 with my team. From Alice, gorgeous fruits and soft spices. Fleshy and melting on the palate. A hint of sweetness. Refreshing and fruity finish. Bit short...

At No 3 with my team. From Alice, gorgeous fruits and soft spices. Fleshy and melting on the palate. A hint of sweetness. Refreshing and fruity finish. Bit short...

Dec 20th, 2014
Morgan Harris

Head Sommelier Aureole New York

9.7

Still so fresh. Lots of tangerine, lemon marmalade, August white peach. Secondaries are still on the sweet basil, tarragon, and white tea side of things with the ginger, cinnamon, and saffron of botrytis present, but balanced. RS is pronounced, but more of a classic proportion for Auslese. Probably another 5ish years away from it's peak drinking window for my taste, but will easily last another 20+. Remarkable.

Still so fresh. Lots of tangerine, lemon marmalade, August white peach. Secondaries are still on the sweet basil, tarragon, and white tea side of things with the ginger, cinnamon, and saffron of botrytis present, but balanced. RS is pronounced, but more of a classic proportion for Auslese. Probably another 5ish years away from it's peak drinking window for my taste, but will easily last another 20+. Remarkable.

Aug 18th, 2014
Christopher Bates

Master Sommelier, Owner/Winemaker Element Winery

9.4

Yup. Great Riesling at its simple best.

Yup. Great Riesling at its simple best.

Aug 5th, 2014
John Osborne

Wine Director Raoul's

9.5

Pure, precise Urz-Wurz Riesling. A perfect Tday wine!

Pure, precise Urz-Wurz Riesling. A perfect Tday wine!

Nov 30th, 2013
Diana Eng

White peaches, lemon curd, RS has mellowed.

White peaches, lemon curd, RS has mellowed.

Jan 7th, 2018
Galen Hasler

Delicious

Delicious

Aug 5th, 2017
Nick Martinelli

Love me some "Spice garden". Was hoping for a bit more acidity, but the aromatics are killer. Perfect for spicy General Tso's.

Love me some "Spice garden". Was hoping for a bit more acidity, but the aromatics are killer. Perfect for spicy General Tso's.

Sep 5th, 2016