The Osterberg Grand Cru Vineyard lies on gentle slopes facing east and South-East. A bright, fresh Riesling, this is a supremely classic expression. White stone fruit shows on the nose, and minerality and saline dominate the palate.
For over five generations, the Kientzler family have been nurturing vines in Ribeauvillé. A heritage name of the region, their wines are prized expressions of Alsace. Today, the family look after close to 14ha of fruit in the region, encompassing substantial Grand Cru parcels.
A very tender touch of peach is felt on the nose. On the palate it is bright lemon freshness that takes over. Despite the lemony concentration on the dry taut palate, there is a wonderfully light touch. A zesty edge of pleasantly bitter pith accentuates the citrus freshness perfectly. This is luminous and refreshing, vivid and bright. The finish is totally citrus-focused and lip-smackingly moreish.
94 points, Wine Enthusiast (December 2017)
The 2016 Riesling Grand Cru Osterberg opens with a beautiful nose that combines precise, bright Riesling flavors with the cool flavors of the marly, east-facing Osterberg terroir. The acidity is fresh and piquant, really prominent but well integrated into the mineral texture of this pure and classic Riesling. There is great grip and precision here. The finish is pure and salty, but it also shows firm white stone fruit aromas and a stimulating phenolic grip. This is a cool-climate classic from a classic Alsatian terroir defined as a mixture of marl, limestone and sandstone. Highly recommended. Tasted at the domaine in April, just one week after the bottling.
93 points, Wine Advocate (July 2017)
Transparent straw colour. Neat, fairly discreet nose. Bone dry and utterly textbook. Not wild but very pleasing in a classic style. Still quite young but very well balanced, classic, dry Alsace Riesling. Quite pungent.
18 points, jancisrobinson.com (March 2018)
Medium-bright golden-tinged yellow. Very fragrant and deep aromas of anise and fennel, plus yellow fruit and botanical herbs on the enticing nose. Clean and fresh, with juicy but ripe acidity really lifting the orchard fruit flavors. This has the highest acidity of all Kientzler Rieslings in 2016 (8.6 g/L). The finish is long and savory, but much less austere than I am used to with this wine, especially at this age of its development (the Osterberg is always Kientzler’s most lemony wine when young). Despite 4.7 g/L residual sugar (so some people might perceive it as off-dry) because of its acidic power this year, the wine will taste bone-dry to just about everyone.
92 points, Vinous (April 2018)