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  • 2013 Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Spätlese

    #02-14, 8% abv. Super bright nose, with tons of florals and minerals. White peach. There's something very Willi Schaefer-like about this one. The palate has mouth-puckering acidity, but man, this is just absolutely delicious. There's an insane amount of both sugar and acidity on this wine -- you can almost feel some kind of white heat from the acidity. IT BURNS! Super intense, super dense riesling. Delicious.

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  • 1985 Mönchhof Robert Eymael Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel

    #08-86, 7.35% abv (yes, that's right). Moderate gold colour. A fair bit of petrol, lime, and herbs on the nose. The palate is moderately sweet; especially for a Spatlese of this age, it's actually surprising how sweet this is. A fair bit of acidity on the backend, but this doesn't really speak to me at all. Decently made riesling in good shape 30 years on, but that's about it.

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  • 2010 Coche-Dury Pommard Les Vaumuriens

    For science! I was kind of shocked by how purple this is. The nose jumps out of the glass with heaps of classic 2010 juicy red fruit. There are also some light florals, but there's a dark undercurrent of something deeper and earthier beneath it all, waiting to emerge. Uncharacteristically accessible for a young Pommard. There's a fair amount of new oak here as well, though given the track record Coche-Dury has with handling this most insidious of wine flavourings, I've no doubt will integrate nicely with time. The palate displays the same juiciness promised by the nose, with tons of tart but ripe cherries and currants. Coarser tannins (which I'd expect, given that this is Pommard) but less rustic on the palate than I'd expect. The only knock I'd give this is that it's a bit too spit-polished and shiny, but if I had to drink this for the rest of my days, I could certainly do a lot worse.

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