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Community Tasting Notes (29) Avg Score: 91.7 points

  • Lovely nose of cumquats, water chestnuts and grapefruit. This has aged well with mouth-watering acidity and delicious flavors of grapefruit and chalky minerals. It's bone-dry and very fresh for a 12-yr old wine with good intensity along with notes of lime and mint. Finishes crisp and complex with a nice succulent crunch. This is what aged Austrian Riesling is supposed to taste like!

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  • Golden/orange. Dried peach and some oxidative notes, but this freshened with air and took on a more herbal tone. Full bodied, classic dry Riesling flavors-tea, stone fruit, and the higher pitched herbs. Completely dry and chiseled. Perhaps not as profound as previous bottles and more advanced in color and aromas.

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  • Medium yellow. Fantastic array of herbs, peach, and distilled tones on the nose. Full but very precise due to screaming acidity. Long, mineral finish. Remarkably similar to a note from 3 years ago. On a steamy evening, we reached for the bottle with the most acidity and raciness we could find. This filled the bill magnificently.

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  • Darkening gold color. Beautiful nose of grapefruit, aged lemon and green minerals. This has really improved ovr the last couple of years and now seems in full bloom with delicious, crisp flavors of apple, pear and spice. Perfect mouth-watering acidity keeps this fresh and juicy and it turns complex and rich on the finish with notes of lime, mint and minerals. This is classic Austrian Riesling with some nice age on it.

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  • Really fragrant nose of limes, grapefruits and fresh cut grass. Deliciously ripe fruit flavors with strong notes of grapefruit and grass. Good intensity here with fresh acidity to balance the ripeness. The finish is complex with mineral notes of limestone and flint. Well done but perhaps my only complaint is it's just straight down the middle without any special character. Still, this has aged beautifully and has a ways to go. 90+

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  • By Peter Moser
    November/December 2005, IWC Issue #123, (See more on Vinous...)

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