2009 Markus Molitor – Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett – Prädikatswein

One Of Germany’s Very Best

Markus Molitor is one of Germany’s most well-known wineries from the Mosel area. Half a year ago, I reviewed the 2007 vintage of Markus Molitor’s Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett. I liked the wine very much and therefore it was only natural that I could not resist to a bottle of the 2009 vintage. The wine was on sale and retailed for just 9.90€ (regular price 16.50€).

The sommelier working at the store informed me that 2009 was an excellent vintage for Mosel Riesling and the day before buying the wine I red the same at the Mosel Fine Wine Newsletter, which I highly recommend you to sign up to (3-4 editions per year and of course free).

The German wine system is a bit confusing. Zeltinger Sonnenuhr is the name for a so-called Lage or Weinlage. Similar to an Italian DOC area but usually much smaller. Zeltingnen is a comune at the Mosel. The “er” is a possessive suffix which indicates that the vineyard belongs to the comune Zeltingen. Sonnenuhr translates to sun dial. The term Kabinett  is part of the German wine classification system. Kabinett is the lowest level of Prädikswein. In general, Kabinett refers to a semi-sweet wine but there are also off-dry and dry Kabinett wines. The Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett is one of these dry Kabinett wines.

Since I bought the wine at a very well-known delicatessen shop in Munich, the wine was also labeled “edition Dallmayr”, which indicates that the wine was produced for them.


Tasting Notes 2009 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett

2009 Markus Molitor - Zeltinger Sonnen Uhr Kabinet - Prädikatsweint -The wine is produced with 100% Riesling grapes. I found no information where the wine aged but judging from the taste, I assume that it aged in stainless steel tanks.

In the glass, Markus Molitor’s Zeltinger Sonnenuhr had a pale yellow color. 11.5% was the label listed ABV. The bouquet consisted of citrus fruits, green apple, nuts and grapefruit. On the palate, the wine was well-balanced. Often I find that Riesling wines tend to be dominated by either sweetness or acidity. Fortunately, this was not the case here. I tasted lots of minerals and a fresh fruit. The wine had a lingering finish.

Excellent Riesling that I highly recommend.

4.5 / 5 stars      

Parting words

I am not often impressed by Riesling wines but this one was outstanding and I have added it to my current top 10 list. Maybe I have to try a few more quality Riesling wines. If you know a good one then let me know. I am always looking for suggestions!

The shop where I bought the wine has also a Trockenbeerenauslese from Markus Molitor on sale (around 60€). I am tempted to buy it because it is an insane deal but I am not sure yet.

Have you tried this wine from Markus Molitor? Did you like it? Looking forward to read your comments.

12 comments on “2009 Markus Molitor – Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett – Prädikatswein”

  1. the winegetter Reply

    Sounds like a great experience! And a pretty decent deal…as usual, I would recommend Dr. Hermann wines, also Kurt Hain and Reuscher-Haart are worth checking out…

    • vino in love Reply

      Oliver,
      Thanks for the suggestions. I haven’t tried Dr Hermann wines and Kurt Hain Rieslings yet. Will see if I can find them.
      The Markus Molitor was excellent. Maybe it was even better than the 2007 vintage that I tried some months ago. And I’d say that for just 10€ the wine was a real steal!

  2. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    I didn’t know that you drink German wine, too! I always though you are just into Italian wines : -) Great to see that you like the Molitor Rieslings! I’m already in love with them. Very nice review and thanks for explaining how to read a German wine label!

    • vino in love Reply

      Hannah,
      Thanks for stopping by! It would be horrible if I would only drink Italian wine 😉 While I love Italian wine, I tend to try other wine, too. A few weeks ago I had an excellent Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand for example.
      German wine doesn’t impress me very often but certain producers like Markus Molitor produce excellent wine!

  3. drinkforlife Reply

    Sounds like an awesome wine! Nice description! I’m with The Winegetter here. Dr Hermann wines are a good choice but tend to be hard to find..

    • vino in love Reply

      Frank,
      Markus Molitor is a great producer. Oliver from The Winegetter suggested me to try their wines last year. Ever since Markus Molitor has become my favorite Riesling producer 🙂

  4. Suzanne Reply

    I must say I am not that familiar with German wines, Honestly, the reislings I have had have been cloyingly sweet and I didn’t care for them. This is a great review and makes me want to give it another try.

    • vino in love Reply

      Suzanne,
      You are right that there are lots of overly sweet Rieslings. Most of the time, I can’t stand them! Usually Rieslings with low ABV are very sweet. Markus Molitor produces a large variety of dry and sweet Rieslings. If you find a dry one in the United States then maybe give it a go 🙂

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