“Johannes Selbach, this estate’s winemaker and director (as well as Terry Theise’s man-on-the-ground in Germany) is on fire. His wines are top flight and yet his winemaking appears to be improving with each vintage. Readers should note that Selbach’s wines typically appear substantially better after a few years of cellaring.” – Pierre Rovani, Wine Advocate
For single-site Mosel rieslings from leased vineyards & worked under Selbach supervision, producing in effect a 2nd label or négociant line with the Selbach imprimateur.
The wines are made by Johannes Selbach, but until a new winery is built they are not made under the same roof as Selbach-Oster. Even when that day comes, do not confuse the two; Selbach-Oster will always be the premium range, exclusively estate-bottled from vineyards owned and worked by Selbach.
This wine is outstanding and an almost laughable bargain. It is bought in fuder from a single producer, a “name” estate who doesn’t want his name known. I imagine he likes the cash-flow of selling these casks in bulk right at harvest time, but I don’t care why he does it; I just reap the rewards—as can you. It has the typical pink-grapefruit aroma of Saar Riesling. Look, I was on the Saar today, and this is the genuine article; on the dry side, slatey and citric and tangy, full of apple and tarragon, with the stuffing and complexity of `12. Entirely stylish, bracing and charming Riesling; compare it – if you wish – to Van Volxem’s “Saar Riesling.” I ain’t scared.
J&H Selbach is the proprietary brand for the regional wines of Johannes Selbach. Johannes uses his long-standing relationships with growers around the Mittelmosel to source quality grapes for these cuvees. Though many Piesporters and Bernkastelers of dubious quality are available in the market, Johannes and his team work hard to ensure a level of quality and continuity from vintage to vintage, while keeping these wines inexpensive and serving as a great introduction to Mosel Riesling.
The Selbach ‘Incline’ was produced by Johannes Selbach to simply outshine all Mosel Rieslings at, or near, its price point. The name Incline was chosen to honor the impossibly steep sloped terroir of the Mosel from which these grapes are grown. Vinified in stainless steel, with just a hint of residual sugar, this wine vividly represents all that Mosel wine should be – Fruity with vibrant acidity, clarity, and precision; all highlighted by intense slate-driven minerality. As an introduction to what one can gleam from great Mosel wine, Selbach’s ‘Incline’ is incredible. You may find the “Doctor” has been dosing you with the wrong medicine. ~Terry Theise
Incredibly delicious! A parfait of grapefruit and macoun apple; sleek and just ridiculous. Would actually quench thirst! ~Terry Theise
Crunch and citrics abound; the wine is actually close to Vols in style (though less fibrous than those wines); stylish and green apple lime; essentially Feinherb, an almost suave finish. Punches way-y-y above its weight in 2015. ~Terry Theise
A lot of brilliance here and a superb vintage again; tautly floral-funky (hyacinth, fading peony, white iris) and almost peppery; a wonderful wash of balsam-soaked mineral; also very much dry-ish. AN INSANE VALUE! ~Terry Theise