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  • 2013 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese

    #11-14, 8.5% abv. Very, very pale colour. Vibrant nose, with some lime, lychee, and fresh green herbal aromas. The palate is definitely on the acidic end of a Dönnhoff Spätlese, but unlike some other 2013s, this isn't obstreperous or screechy at all. There's a fair bit of sugar here, though it comes in tandem with the acidity, so it isn't super prominent. There are strong notes of green apple and lychee on the attack all the way through to the finish, but some less powerful stone fruit flavours if you look for them. Compelling and electric stuff.

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  • 1990 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

    #05-91, 8% abv. The capsule notes auf Deutsch that this is a Versteigerung bottle. Medium gold colour. Intoxicating nose with aromas of strawberry, white cherry, lemongrass, and a hint of sweet stone fruit beneath it all. Just enough petrol to add interest without detracting from anything else. There's an alluring spice note as well, though I'm not sure I can place it as a mild amount of botrytis or the Spicegarden itself. A true old-school wine, this suffers (or benefits, depending on your point of view) from absolutely no Pradikat-creep. Stone fruit is the focus of the palate -- ripe but tart peaches and apricots. I was standing up when I took the first sip of this. I had to find a seat immediately. The sheer amount of extract here is mind-boggling. Couple that with fresh golden-apple acidity and piercing minerality, and you pretty much have a legendary wine. There is nothing missing. Every element is present. Every element is in its place. Every element is in balance with every other. There is nothing to add, and nothing to subtract. This is the perfect Auslese.

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  • 2006 Guiborat Fils Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

    HDH auction tasting at Tru (Chicago, IL): Quite a bit of leesiness (that's totally not a word) on the nose, as well as some tarter green apple aromas. Definitely captures your attention right away. The palate doesn't show as round as I'd expect based on all the lees that I got. Instead, you get some almond notes, as well as a slight bit of bitterness on the back end.

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