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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 9 
ProducerDomaine Weinbach (web)
DesignationCuvée Ste. Catherine
AppellationAlsace Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2019 (based on 9 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Ste. Catherine on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.9 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 53 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ArtF on 10/9/2015 & rated 91 points: This half bottle was medium gold in glass. Palate revealed start of full maturity for this delicious medium to full bodied dry Alsatian riesling. Faint oxidized note on finish after 30 minutes. Maybe just bottle variation. (605 views)
 Tasted by mdvino63 on 8/4/2015 & rated 93 points: From 375. This is exceptional. A mineral-laden nose of slightly under-ripe peach, citrus, passion fruit and a hint of petrol just screams Riesling. Palate follows in a similar fashion but is better - deep, with juicy acidity, a rocky mountain stream of gravel and lime. Just the barest amount off-dry. I love this. I may be under-rating it. Edit: Actually, I just read Tanzer's note, and it is pretty spot-on....except for the pineapple part - I don't get that. (718 views)
 Tasted by jbaron on 5/5/2015 & rated 92 points: Nice nose, better mouth, and good length. Bitter mouth with grapefruit, somewhat reminiscent of what I think of as Gewurtztraminer, though still quite Riesling in nature. A great drink. (885 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 3/20/2015: Enjoyed this bottle more than the last, though I wouldn't amend the description much. The company in which you open a good bottle can make a tangible difference on the enjoyment you glean. (870 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 1/3/2015: This is a nice, discreet, nuanced wine; rather low-key. Carries its 13.5 abv very nimbly - I had to double-check that it wasn't 12.5. Characteristic dry Alsace Riesling aromas. The fruit is such that there could be a touch of RS, but not more. Very refined and subtle, not an overtly grandiose GC. A good bottle, though not a huge bargain at retail pricing. (1060 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 11/30/2014 & rated 91 points: From .375, light hay color. Better at cellar temp than chilled. (888 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 9/4/2014 & rated 91 points: Light gold color. From .375, still improving but enjoyable now. (905 views)
 Tasted by Milos on 8/16/2014 & rated 94 points: see my previous notes (2014 06 14) (644 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 7/24/2014 & rated 84 points: This half bottle was very advanced. Almost medium gold and very slightly premoxed. (916 views)
 Tasted by blanquito on 7/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Beautiful Riesling-esque bouquet of wet stones, steel, lime, hints of petrol. This is fairly full-bodied for a white wine, but it's quite dry with lots of tart lemon, a calcareous note, and huge mouthcoating finish. Very nice. (912 views)
 Tasted by ron m on 7/1/2014 flawed bottle: Oxidized. (875 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 6/28/2014: Half bottle. Medium yellow. Tangerine and with time, a touch of secondary petrol. Just off dry, medium weight with some glycerine sheen. Just classic flavors of pit fruit, citrus, and black tea. Exhilarating acidity and a long, stony finish with some smoke. What a great showing, especially from a smaller format. This should keep going for the better part of another decade. (989 views)
 Tasted by Milos on 6/14/2014 & rated 94 points: Bright yellow with nose of lime, mango and apricot and mineral notes. Rich and focussed palate. The finish is long finish. Great acidity. This was even better than the last bottle I had recently. (741 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 6/13/2014 & rated 93 points: Sraw color from 375. Very dry with firm acidity and peach pit on finish. Light to medium bodied. Should become silky and put on weight over next 2-3 years or 3-4 years for full bottles (601 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 6/8/2014 & rated 93 points: Needed to open a second .375 since my first was noticeably maderized two nights ago. Not this one. Dry and focused palate that puts on some weight with air. Excellent with light dishes like grilled chicken or fish. (602 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 6/6/2014: Carefully stored and excellent cork on this .375 bottle, but still a touch maderized on nose and finish. (549 views)
 Tasted by Milos on 5/13/2014 & rated 93 points: Sad news of passing of Laurence Faller brought me back to this wine. Bright light yellow; nose of lime, red grapefruit and just a touch of mango , mountain meadows and mineral notes. Rich and focussed palate and long finish. Great acidity. Drinks well but still getting better. Well done Laurence!! Surprisingly great match to Black Cod, roasted potatoes and fiddleheads. (93+) (666 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/20/2014: From 375ml. No notes taken, but drinking very nicely. Has picked up some weight; rich, but nicely balanced and structured. (656 views)
 Tasted by DougLee on 3/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Popped and poured to accompany corned beef on Saint Patrick's Day. Honey straw color. Nose of fresh-cut hay, grapefruit, and schist, with a whiff of mango. Palate revealed layers of cool slate, petrol, fresh grapefruit, peach, and biscuit. Lovely driving acidity and righteous mineral spine. Long finish of citrus, white stone, and very satisfying grip. Refreshing and soothing at the same time, this was a delicious drink. (835 views)
 Tasted by schway on 9/8/2013: Pretty oxidized. Bad bottle or past prime (843 views)
 Tasted by drinkingonthejob on 8/30/2013 & rated 94 points: Wet stones, minerals, grapefruit, lanolin, flowers and stone fruit. Intense and oily, this is drinking awesome right now and can go for a lot longer. About halfway through a case and it keeps getting better and better. Strong personality. I am crazy about this but nobody else really appreciated it. (1028 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/19/2013: From 375. No notes, but what a fantastic wine. Wonderfully delineated orchard fruit, lovely balance, still very young. This seems destined to age beautifully. (1163 views)
 Tasted by dougsmith on 6/18/2013 & rated 92 points: Light lemon color. Intense nose of caraway, green apple, and lemon peel. Medium bodied on the palate with very good presence and length. Still quite youthful, very dry. (1121 views)
 Tasted by wine strategies on 1/27/2013: Slow-O 1 hr. Stunning array of perfumes - wet stones, orange preserves, stone fruits, etc., with a rich, but (to my taste) dry, layered palate. Impressive length. Probably close to peak. Gorgeous. highly recommended (1425 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/17/2012: At TnT's place. Stunningly good riesling, this time out of 750. Some petrol, but this displays marvelous orchard fruit along with very firm structure. Lovely, and will only get better. (1900 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2007, IWC Issue #133
(Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Saint Catherine) Subscribe to see review text.
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