This is a stunning collection... - 2013 Willi Schaefer Domprobst & Himmelreich Kabinett

Posted by Joe Salamone

"This is a stunning collection..."
-Mosel Fine Wines
2013 Willi Schaefer:
Domprobst & Himmelreich Kabinett

To cut to the chase, Willi Schaefer's 2013 Kabinetts are stunning.

If you're into a high-tension, electric style of Kabinett, there's a lot to be excited about.

The 2013 vintage provided modest levels of ripeness and plenty of acid zing. Schaefer's Kabinetts really harnessed all of the potential of the vintage.

The only sad news is that we're looking at quantities that are 50% below average at Schaefer. With only 4ha and tons of fans, this means that things are really, really ugly.

Schaefer's wines have assumed a cult status for how detailed, fine and graceful they are. I can't tell you how many times Schaefers have shared the table with German heavy hitters, like Egon Müller and JJ Prum, and the Schaefer wines stole everyone's attention.

Starting with the Himmelreich Kabinett, as usual this is more pointed, lighter and with a more overt slate-y minerality. The '13 offers a finely calibrated balance of palate presence and driving, forceful acidity. The poise and length of the wines is really beautiful.

The '13 Domprobst Kabinett kicks the intensity and substance up. There's a slightly fleshy impression of peach and other stone fruits that are complemented by saline minerality, smoke and ripe citrus.

These are gorgeous, classically styled Kabinetts. Willi Schaefer's Kabinetts are easily among our two or three favorites and the 2013s promise to offer tons of exciting drinking. I wish the quantities were better, because you'll want to drink lots of these.

These are extremely limited. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

John Gilman: "The 2013 Himmelreich Kabinett is really a lovely and absolutely classic example of Kabinett, with superb filigree and delicacy on both the nose and palate. The very stylish bouquet is a mix of green apple, tangerine, complex, minerally slate tones, a touch of petrol, hints of sea salts and a floral topnote redolent of orange blossoms. On the palate the wine is medium-full, complex and nicely ethereal, with a lovely core, superb focus and grip and a long, zesty and filigreed finish. Supremely elegant wine that will charm from the moment it is released."

John Gilman: "The 2013 Domprobst Kabinett is also a classic example of this Prädikat level, offering up a superb nose of apple, orange, gorgeously crystalline slate, smoke, petrol and again, a topnote of sea salts. On the palate the wine is pure, medium-full, complex and beautifully transparent, witha superb core, crisp, ripe acids and outstanding length and grip on the youthful finish. As is so often the case, the Domprobst Kabinett will want a few years in the cellar to start to blossom, whereas the Himmelreich will drink beautifully from the outset. A stellar bottle in the making."