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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 10 
TypeWhite - Off-dry
ProducerZilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) (web)
VineyardSaarburger Rausch
RegionMosel Saar Ruwer
UPC Code(s)767946121120

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2031 (based on 12 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Spatlese on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 32 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by AMC Eagle on 5/8/2015 & rated 94 points: Bright deep hay in colour; nose of sweet ripe green and red apples, some pears and a touch of honey. Nice and smooth on the palate where I'm getting some apricot liqueur, ripe green apples, and some honeyed minerally pineapples; acidity balances out the flavours; has a very nice finish to go along with it. An excellent spatlese with an excellent price tag when I bought this; have one bottle left, wish I bought a case when I had the chance. (727 views)
 Tasted by Acohen on 3/13/2015 & rated 91 points: Very sweet with nice acidity, pineapple, minerality (976 views)
 Tasted by wicozani on 3/3/2015 & rated 91 points: Opened the first of our bottles on this evening to accompany spicy chicken stir-fry, and it did a wonderful job. A pale yellow in the glass with long legs, the nose features apricot and green apple principally, with touches of white flowers and slate. Very good intensity amidst medium concentration, with just enough acidity to keep it from getting cloying. Actually, less acidic than I'd expected, and also not as much stoniness as I thought there'd be. Also a bit of funky atmosphere around the dinner table, so that may have distracted me from really focusing on this fine riesling. (1061 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 2/25/2014 & rated 92 points: This is a really good wine, but have to say the nose is a little reticent. Great stony mineral and orchard fruit with some spices and a tangerine acidity. Very sweet for a Spatlese, nearing Auslese levels, but probably not any botrytis. (2780 views)
 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 2/2/2014 & rated 92 points: Consistent with past notes. Beautiful! I love this wine. (1629 views)
 Tasted by ruth3 on 12/29/2013: pineapple, tropical fruit, lime, after 2 days softer with rose petals
with a lemon tart (2136 views)
 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 11/28/2013 & rated 93 points: Attack of ripe stone and tropical fruit and mineral/stone. Pineapple, tropical fruit salad, ripe peach, lime. A rich mouthfeel, med+ acid and sweetness. The finish was surprisingly not very long. A yummy wine drinking very well now. (2182 views)
 Tasted by salil on 10/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Not quite the knockout that my last bottle was, but damn good all the same. Bright, piercing citrus and pear fruit accented by gentle floral and herbal elements, though the mineral character and powerful acidity that made the last bottle such a wow experience aren't quite as evident here. (1957 views)
 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 10/19/2013 & rated 94 points: After my last bottle (which was a near-religious experience), my expectations were crazy high. On open, this was excellent juice and consistent with previous note but with a little less oomph in every dimension than the last bottle.

However, Chukon99's note is dead on for what happens after a few days. A wonderful floral character emerges, and a complexity of flavors (fruit, floral, honey) that is fantastic. I don't imagine my remaining five bottles will survive long. (2357 views)
 Tasted by GoBlue2002 on 10/10/2013 & rated 91 points: Great QPR on this riesling Spatlese.
Straw in color, with aromas of pineapple, apricot, and peach. Opulent and ripe indeed - this is powerful stuff. Great balanced acidity and a long finish with a good deal of complexity.
Still quite sweet so some may find this a bit overbearing, but this wine has great potential. (1353 views)
 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 9/12/2013 & rated 97 points: About 400 milliseconds into drinking this wine, I stopped thinking and started enjoying. This is probably the most enjoyable young Spatlese I have ever had (enough that I ordered all I could find an hour later). Heady perfumed nose. Stone fruit, pineapple, and some exotic, tropical fruits. Medium+ body, sugars dialed up to 10, but acid dialed up to 11. (1049 views)
 Tasted by salil on 9/12/2013 & rated 95 points: Just a spectacular Spätlese. Incredibly pure pear, green apple and citrus fruits tinged with high toned floral and herbal notes with a vivid crystalline/stony character infusing each sip. There's amazing freshness and balance here, moderate sweetness perfectly balanced by powerful acidity that keeps it very light on its feet and really precise, and each glass seems to vanish in minutes. Fantastic. (1864 views)
 Tasted by pifcho on 6/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Another good bottle. Not as much energy as the first bottle, but worked great on a hot day... (564 views)
 Tasted by pifcho on 4/11/2013 & rated 92 points: Another 2009 spatlese which is in a great place right now. A lot of energy right out of the bottle, which complements very well the round orchard fruit on the palate. Nice lemon bite on the finish gives it a lot of freshness. The balance here is perfect and the length quite admirable. Tough to not pour yourself another glass. 92+ (629 views)
 Tasted by chukon99 on 3/30/2013 & rated 92 points: As others have noted, this bottle is super young, but still offered quite a lot of pleasure. The palate is basically an explosion of fruit at this point. Lychees, white peaches, and apples dominated, with maybe a bit of citrus lurking in the background. Unfortunately, I found it to be a bit lacking in precision and minerality. Don't get me wrong, this is still a very nice wine. It's just that the sweetness, while not cloying, is a bit overwhelming and makes the wine seem a little one-dimensional. Wish I'd bought more to see how this develops with some time in the cellar.

Day 7 update: After drinking about half the bottle over the first two nights, I put the cork back in, set it on the counter, and promptly forgot about it. Found it and expected the worst, but got WOW!! instead. Totally different wine after sitting for a week. Much more aromatic, with sweet honey and a slightly floral quality. Flavors are more layered on the palate and some of the tart notes have receded. This has transformed from a decent wine to an excellent one. Just cannot get over how much this changed while opened. Suggest giving this a lot of time in the cellar to start showing its best. Upping the score from 88 to 92. (2134 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 3/22/2013 & rated 91 points: Just super young here. We opened last night and things were a little shut down other than a little sulphur and some pitted fruit. Tonight this pale gold wine is offering up a good amount of white flowers on the nose, and some honeysuckle. White peach, some green apple tartness and solid mineral to keep the wine elegant. A touch of sweet ginger root. Medium long finish for a Spatlese this young. I will definitely keep the other bottles in cellar for as long as possible. (2515 views)
 Tasted by Acohen on 1/12/2013 & rated 91 points: Very nice tropical fruit and crisp apple with good acidity. (2564 views)
 Tasted by S1 on 11/20/2012: small puffs of early petrol with white flowers and peaches with tropical fruits and a hint of sweet apple. Really pleasant but lacking acidity for my palate. I suspect the forward fruits will integrate and this will be a beast but right now it is just too one dimensional. (2989 views)
 Tasted by Finare Vinare on 9/13/2012 & rated 92 points: Deep mineral note - cold & wet schiefer rocks. Apple blossom , green apple, kerosene, pineapple, apricot, rhubarb, grapefruit. Silky smooth mouthfeel, high concentration of aromas, ripe yet fresh adidity, stoney core minerality, perfectly balanced sweetness. Herbs, spice and schiste on the back end, and a really long finish. Lots of pure riesling pleasure at this early stage. Benefits from hours or days of air though, too much sulphur on the straight pop'n'pour. Long future ahead. (1623 views)
 Tasted by costamalfitana on 8/5/2012 & rated 93 points: mouthwatering acidity to balance the explosion of tropical fruit expression on the nose; difficult to assess when it will be at its best; acidity will keep the wine alive for the next decades easily. delicious.... but could benefit from just a little less acidity. (953 views)
 Tasted by quickben on 6/19/2012 & rated 93 points: Beautiful. Balance of acidity, fruit and residual sugar - this was gorgeous and just a shame that it was only bottle in cellar (3163 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 6/8/2012 & rated 94 points: Mastodont: Mosel from 2009 (Hemmavid): Non-Blind. Had immediately.
Mild, wide, refined nose. Balanced entry with very fine acids, multi component and breathtaking fruit. Somersaults before swallowing. WUNDERBAR!!!
Most ppl's second wine of the evening. (2956 views)
 Tasted by henkka on 7/5/2011: Light yellow colour with a slight green tint. Intensive, young and complex nose. Lots of ripe fruit (think peach, nectarine), meadow flowers and more substantial aromas like honey and vanilla, even. All this in a very effortless, light and elegant way. The palate is mid-weight with a slightly sweet feeling, balanced with nice acidity. Fresh, effortless and refreshing. Aromas nicely in line with the nose. Longish aftertaste. Elegant and airy. Very high quality, elegant and above all refreshing wine. Effortless and complex. (3078 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 2/3/2011: Very pleasing, like the kabinett. (3453 views)
 Tasted by Charlie Carnes on 11/28/2010 & rated 90 points: This young spätlese has a pretty gold hue, slightly imbued with green. I popped and poured and drank for a couple of days. The operative word here is young. The wine has plenty of ripeness and spice. It is really full while still being a little hollow on the swallow. A ton of potential here, but these need to sit a spell. (3173 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2010, Issue #29, The German Wine Auctions- Re-Visiting the Best 2009ers In This Great Vintage
(Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese- Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Jean Fisch and David Rayer
Mosel Fine Wines, Jul 2010, Issue No 12
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By Michael Schmidt
JancisRobinson.com (6/19/2010)
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/2/2010)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2010, Issue #26, The 2009ers from Germany- Another Absolutely Stellar Vintage That Will Give the 2007ers A Run For Their Money
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