Wine Advocate 91 points - As with its 2010 predecessor, accumulated from several lots – in this instance representing picking across a wide range of parcels to achieve material of sufficiently modest must weight and potential levity – the Muller 2011 Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett (this year’s sole wine of its Pradikat, and carrying A.P. #2) weighs in at 9.5% alcohol. High-toned mint and wintergreen in the nose as well as delicacy, lift and animation on the palate remind me of this year’s generic Scharzhof bottling. Juicy abundance of fresh apple, pear, and lime are threaded with herbal, floral and stony nuances, culminating in a lusciously sustained, invigoratingly bright and vibrantly animated finish. This should show well through at least 2025. (Oct 2013)
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - Hints of crushed wet stones lend intense minerality to zesty lemon-lime and floral aromas on the nose. It’s just a shade off dry in style, with elegant stone fruit flavors and nervous acidity that ripples on the palate. (Dec 2013)
Scharzhofberg is one of the most famous vineyard sites in Germany, likely to have originally been planted by the Romans. Situated in Wiltingen, removed from the Saar in a side valley and facing south, its slopes are quite steep, with a 30–60% grade, and high, at 180-280 meters elevation. Formed from grey Devonian slate, the soils are very deep with no bedrock. This wine is always delicate, crisp and exquisite on the palate.