At 7.5% alcohol and scoring 18 poimnts on the Dioinysian scale of 20, this 375ml bottle of the 2011 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese from the Mosel Saar Ruwer was delightful.

Costing under $30, the Riesling Auslese was a desert in itself.


The wine is a Terry Theise Selection and that’s a sign of the highest quality when it comes to German wines.

Served with simple fruit, the wine was floral with white peach and hints of honey. It was full-bodied and had an aftertaste that went on forever.

It comes from the village of Zelting and the vineyard of Himmelreich and is a Pradikatswein. The Germans give every bit of information. Their Riesling is still the world’s best.

At only six years old, it is just opening up with complexities. It could have aged in a cool, dark damp cellar for another two decades or more. I recently opened one of my 1971’s and it was great. In Vino Veritas.