Martin Kerpen has been producing stunning examples of classic Mosel terroir since taking the reins of his family's winery over 25 years ago. The success of his 1990 vintage garnered press that earned the winery international attention, which was somewhat unsurprising and certainly well-earned considering that Kerpen has been a family estate for over 250 years. They have holdings in prime Mosel sites, Domprobst and Himmelreich vineyards in the village of Graach, and Sonnehur in Wehlen, which is the site featured here. Sonnenuhr literally translates toandnbsp;andldquo;Sun Clockandrdquo; or sundial. The Carthusian monks who first identified, mapped, planted, and made wine from Germany's best vineyards, would frequently install a large sundial to denote the very best sites and this is certainly one here. The soils are composed of the definitive Mosel variety, blue Devonian slate, which imparts wines with a distinct, detailed, and finessed expression. Kerpen's Kabinett, which is an off dry style, has this in droves: crisp, focused, and lip-smackingly tasty. Pure flavors of orchard fruits are perfumed by apple blossom with salty, flinty mineral notes adding a fine texture and guiding the gently sweet flavors to a dry finish. Try this with spicy food; it's especially divine with Nepali Momo.
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