At Rolling Spring Roll - it took som time to really emerge, showing primarily syrupy sugar. The fruit remains fresh and vivid. In time, it developed more interesting nuances, while a balancing petrol notes sustained. I suspect this could get better still as the sweetness gives way to mature expressions of the fruit and acidity. Quite a lovely drink now though.
The last of three bottles over the past 5 years and the best. One of the most interesting and, easily, one of the most delicious wines one can drink. The flavors just go on and on. With fabulous food at Cosme, NYC super upscale Haute-Mexican.
Big and beautiful yet lithe and feline. Rippling and oh so fast. Utterly compelling and completely irresistible. Fresh fruit mashed by stony granite. Of truly freakish proportions and quixotic depths . Like Bo Jackson. The contradiction that is the essence of Riesling. Brilliant!
Golden color. Gorgeous bouquet of apricot, stone and ripe peaches with a subtle petrol undertone. Like biting into a ripe, dripping peach, also apple, stone and melon. Terrific balancing acidity; long, lingering finish. Just wonderful stuff- thanks J3. It will no doubt hold for a long time, but I don't know that I could keep my hands off of it. It's in a great place and I see no reason to wait any longer.
Opened by J3 at Sun Wah. Second time I've had this in the last year. This is a beauty, but did morph a bit at the end of the evening in a concerning way. Pop and pour, with beautiful notes of tropical citrus and petrol. Everything in perfect balance at this point. However, by the end of the evening, I thought the sweetness became cloying and vastly detracted from the earlier experience. Perhaps this was a result of the lengthy evening and the bottle sitting at room temp for several hours. I did not detract from the score because there's no way this bottle would have lasted as long as it did if there weren't 14 other bottles open as well.
Jcubed brought this.Clear deep yellow color. Just a beautiful well balanced wine which is just as good as when I had this on release in 2003. More serious now than 11 years ago and a little deeper. Still tropical with notes of pineapple and crisp apple balanced by solid acidity. Glad I have 3 of these left. No hurry to drink these but they are ready if you want to. 96 points.
Light golden. Honeyed tangerine, a little fusel and some peach. Medium weight (definitely not Mosel lightness), rich, moderately sweet, but well circumscribed by acidity. Delicious Auslese approaching BA level, probably approaching peak drinking over the next several years.
AP 0702. Lots of petrol on the nose with some grapefruit and slight skunk aromas. On the palate this just lovely. Polished, deep but light and lacy feel with nice complexity. Really focused and precise (I know German Riesling cliche but it holds true). Superb length and finish. I would wager, just beginning its lengthy plateau of drinking pleasure.
Golden-hued, modest tropical fruit on the nose, with 20 minutes of air, increasingly focused, precise, with acid sucking up the fruit and sugar to give knife-edge balance with some body, but still light and very fine. A good bottle for before or after the meal. Because of its great finesse, not sure I'd drink this with food. Maybe some thinly-sliced smoked salmon or trout on toast.
I don't normally have the patience to age a riesling like this, but was rewarded for holding out on this one. Beautiful dark golden color and showing a broad, expansive range of citrus and honey flavors together with a slight dark weight and dryness that made the wine all the more interesting and elegant.
Full yellow. Ripe peach and honey. Sweet. Lighter weight to start but picks up weight with air. Nice spiciness. Pretty much ready now. Not the most complex or bright Riesling ever, but very enjoyable for its depth and freshness of fruit.
Wonderful nose, yellow fruit perfume and kerosene and peachy. Very well balanced, rich dried pineapples and apricots, yet smooth supple sweetness undertones to complement the fruitiness. Fantastic riesling with just the right balance of sweetness and fruit.
Wines of Strength and Elegance - Kelvin and Marlene's Combined Birthday Dinner (Absinthe, Bukit Pasoh): Wow. This rounded up an trio of absolutely superb white wines. It had wonderful nose, exploding with tropical notes of pineapples and apricots, sweet red apples and ripe peach, all drizzled with a little bit kerosene. Still young, but already so expressive. The palate showed off all that was good about the great 2001 vintage, with a wonderful, melting balance to its ripe, voluptuous flavours of pineapples and apricots, peach and sweet lemons, all melded into a beautiful whole. It did not quite have the tingly nervosity of a top Mosel, but there was a lemony, citrus balance to the whole mouthful that lent the wine a lively energy in spite of its rich, creamy power. Beautiful. The finish was pure Rheinhessen - a veritable fruit orchard just blooming in the back-palate along with wafts of sweet florals. A peach of an Auslese, absolutely delicious. It easily needs a decade more, but it was beautiful even now, especially when paired with a fatty pork belly dish.
Identical to last bottle 8 months ago. Pale gold. Great nose, complex mix of flowers, tropical fruit, hints of petrol and earth. Light-medium weight, great fruit/acid/sweetness balance, medium-long finish, showing early signs of maturity, likely to get more complex over the next 5-10 years.
Glowing golden yellow. Soaring honey-crisp apple that shows some pristine botrytis. Very sweet, rich and powerful. Interestingly, there is a petrol aspect on the palate that I did not detect on the nose. The sweet fruit is heavenly to the finish which is zippy and perfectly balancing. A wine for after dinner or a fruit tart. Great juice. (95)
Pale gold. Great nose, complex mix of flowers, tropical fruit, hints of petrol and earth. Light-medium weight, great fruit/acid/sweetness balance, medium-long finish, showing early signs of maturity, likely to get more complex over the next 5-10 years. Outstanding.
This is really great, and is starting to develop some maturity, with the sweetness less cloying and some petrol aromas. This can age for a significantly longer time but is excellent now. When it was young it had more tropical fruit aromas but now has developed more mineral and earthy aromas and flavours. I enjoyed it young and and enjoyed it now. This wine is always enjoyable whenever you drink it.
Lovely apricot fruit, with complementary line of minerality (smoke, petrol, but not at all offensive). Good finsih. Went very well with pork chops, not too sweet. May improve but definitely ready to go. A-
Sweet, maybe just a hint too much for food, plenty of mandarin orange and orange marmalade, honey, sparkling acidity, telltale signs of age with petrol notes. A little bitter on opening but disappeared with air. Brown sugar and orange marmalade nose. Good drinking window.
Bouchard 2006 (Washington DC): After 14 wines from Bouchard Pere & Fils, we were ready for two dessert wines and they were both good, although I preferred the Gunderloch Nackenheimer Rothenberg Riesling Auslese 2001 offered by Charles Stewart. Just lovely aspects of subtle petrol with an at once thick and refreshing palate texture and feel, a smooth delivery and a long finish.
You can smell the bottle age on the nose: Slightly petrol notes, underlying peach with some honey and white flowers. Really lovely! Luscious and jucy in the mouth, but not too sweet at all. The acidity in still very obvious and isn't integrated perfectly yet. The finish keeps on and on and let your mouth watering for the next sip. This really great Auslese has portential for at least 15-20 years and will reach its peak in about 5-7 years. Absolutely delicious.
Nose of white flowers, honeya and trace of petro.Much opener than two years ago. The acidity still needs at least 3 years to integrate. The sweetness seems to mell down with citrus layers and mouth watering long after taste.
Italian Night at Wally's (Barrington, IL): Divine. With a seductive and effusive nose of sweet white fruits, minerals and smoke. Crisp and seemingly weightless. Sublime, sweet fruits and honey coat the palate. Persistent with a long, lingering and complex finish. (4+15+18+9=96)
Pale yellow colour with green tinges. Aromas of honey, peach, lanolin, lychee, and a little petrol. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with replays from nose and white flowers. Great acidity, but surprisingly evolved at this stage. Long finish, 50s, with honey and lychee notes.
Pale yellow colour. Aromas of honey, lychee, lemon zest, white peach, spice, and tangerine. Medium-full bodied, medium sweetness, and good acidity. Excellent balance. Peaches, honey, spice, and white flowers on the palate. Long finish, ~45-50s. Lip-smacking good.
The best wine at the 2003 WS Chicago Grand Tour in May 2003. Huge mineral laden nose. Pure multilayered wine with notes of apple, cream, slate and pear. A long finish that seemingly lasts forever. It was sweet and intense but possessed a lightness and elegance that left you wanting more. 96-97. Also tried the Gold Kap in June 2003 with similar notes and score.
This was the first bottle I opened of this and it was just fantastic. The nose and palate were very big with minerals and spices flowing out of the glass. The finish was extremely long and really showed a very high ripeness level as well as an acidic component. This wine is going to be stunning in 10 years time ( though it was pretty incredible now as well ). Glad I have more of this as well as the Goldkap. I'd say this is one of the 3 best 2001 German experiences I've had yet, right up there with JJ Prum and JJ Christoffel.