1994 - Zeller Schwarze Katz (Mosel)
1994 Zeller Schwarze Katz. Zell is on the Mosel (Moselle) River, upstream from Cochem. This is one of the best known German wines in the U.S.
The label is similar to 1968 Zeller Schwarze Katz in this set, but has a better picture of the town of Zell. It shows the two symbols, the Round Tower in Zell and a black cat with an arched back. The tower was part of the city's defenses, but now stands alone above the city.
Zeller Schwarze Katz was from a defined set of Zell vineyards before the 1971 wine now. Now Schwarze Katz is a Grosslage, and the wine could come from a much larger group of vineyards in the area of Zell.
The story is that wine merchants from Aachen came to Zell in 1863. They had narrowed their choice to three wine barrels. The vintner's wife came into the wine cellar, accompanied by a black cat. The cat jumped on one of the barrels, as if to protect it. The merchants decided to buy that wine. When they took it to Aachen, it sold out in a short time. They returned to Zell and bought the entire output of the vineyard.
I have never been in Zell. I have seen it from river cruise ships, and from the road on the opposite side of the river.