94 Points

Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 93 Night one: fantastic floral nose, sweet tropical fruits, and a hint of flint; on the palate the wine explodes with sweet, lush fruit, incredible depth, and a weight that defies the flavor. The finish brings it all together, lingering for nearly a minute, but backed up by incredible acidity that leaves you longing for the next sip. Was really itching to try this wine, so instead of a typical pairing like Thai, we tried it with banana nut bread, and it was just great.

94 Night two: with a little air in the bottle (rescrewed and sat in fridge), the wine became more expressive. Paired with a lemon pepper rotisserie chicken, the riesling absolutely exploded with flavor. The acidity was a great counterbalance to the fattiness of the chicken, and the depth of the wine worked wonders with the black pepper. It came dangerously close to a spiritual experience. Wow! It is time to re-think white wine pairings.

One quibble -- this wine is very young, and will age for years (20+ in a good cellar), yet the bottle I had was in stelvin. I'm not sure that this wine has much chance to evolve under these circumstances, which makes me hesitant to buy more than a few bottles.

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