TN: 2016 Martin Müllen Trarbacher Hühnerberg Riesling Spätlese *

Martin Mullen is probably my favorite new add to my cellar in the past few years. I’ve only consumer them young, and leaning sweeter, but the wines are pretty damn good across the board.

  • **2016 Martin Müllen Trarbacher Hühnerberg Riesling Spätlese *** - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (4/24/2020)
    Almost one year since my last bottle and still humming. Almost clear, faint yellow appearance. This time the nose really shows some serious reduction, sulfur and it smells rich. The fruit is even more exotic and tropical, the acidity has tempered a bit, maybe starting to sleep. There is a very appealing unctuous middle that coats the palate. Such a match to some Sichuan bites from Hai Authentic. Long. Exciting wine.

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Thanks for the note. I just picked up two of these (awaiting delivery). Most of what I see offered from him are his trockens, so I grabbed these when I saw them. Glad to hear they are showing promise!

Just picked up some of the 2018 kabi trocken from sneakers guy. Love me some Mullen!

Me too. I wonder if this one will be tighter than a sharks arse at 30 fathoms.


I did not get any of the 18s. This is probably my favorite producer that sneaker guy turned me on too. Exciting wines. The 2015 Trarbacher Hühnerberg Riesling Spätlese trocken * ‘3te Terrasse’ is wicked good. Thanks for the comments, guys. [cheers.gif]

I missed the offering for the Spätlese* wine, but did pick up 2 bottles of the 16 Hühnerberg Spätlese trocken. It would be fun to compare the two in a couple of years. What does the '3te Terrasse‘ mean at the end of the 2015 you mentioned above?

From Lyle:
I am thrilled to offer the 2015 Martin Müllen Trarbacher Huhnerberg Spatlese Trocken * “3te Terrase” … Think of this like Martin’s G-Max. It is from one of the 3 terraces that comprise the Huhnerberg (it is mid slope). This parcel from this terrace usually goes into the sweet Spatlese Huhnerberg but this it was so special in 2015 that they vinified it separately and dry.

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Absolutely love the Müllen wines. And given the prices they are just such easy buys.

Robert - what is drinking well right now? I bought a bunch of the dry from Lyle, but so far have not been wowed.

Gee, it would be nice to try these, but “sneaker guy” has banned me, and my local friends from buying his offerings.

I had a 2010 Krover Paradies spatlese* trocken recently which was showing very well. But I’m sure Robert has much more experience.

Having tasted quite a bit of Müllen’s wines (apparently I’m the 2nd most prolific author of TNs on Martin Müllen in CT with ~50 notes) of wines both young and old, I really have to say that many of the wines really benefit a lot from aging. Although the wines can be darn fine when they are young, the best I’ve had are consistently in the range of 10 and 20 years of age (with a few even older). Although the dry ones are good, I still consider sweet wines Müllen’s forté. Especially the Beerenauslesen and Eisweinen are often outrageously good.

The wines are good. But the reason is mostly fair value and availability of old vintages.

I’d take Weisser-Künstler 50m down the street in most circumstances.

I was starting to wonder if that was what was going on here. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Opened the '15 regular Trarbacher Hühnerberg Riesling Spätlese version of this last night and just loved it. It was a bit sweeter than I expected but just singing with enough acid to balance it out. Didn’t get any reduction. Both of my guests asked where to buy it.