Not quite as enthusiastic as some reviewers. This is quite a bit more expensive than the Kabinett, but the step up in quality is minimal. The style is very similar. Lovely fruit. Pleasantly sweet. Delightful. Perhaps could be a trifle more ethereal. Though this is of course rather young still.
Really good stuff. Reminds me a lot of the '08 with a wonderful purity to the fruit, plenty of sweetness up front but sizzling acidity balancing it and keeping it very light, nervy and refreshing despite its size, and a vivid slatey character augmenting the fruit. Lovely.
Just got my 2010s cellared and ordered my 2011s. Popped open the 2010 spatlese to get a taste of how this will someday be. light gold-yellow color. the nose is peculiar. my wife found it very off-putting, but i enjoyed it. very complex nose of herbs and veggies. no fruit on the nose. it was also a cool, almost cold nose. not that huge big citrus nose you can sometimes have a riesling. great mouthfeel. flavorful, sleek, but lingering. made you want to smile. on the palate thats when the fuit hits. its creamy in the mouth and you have the herbs and green leafy veggies that progress to stone fruit and some acid on the end. no sulfur this early on, which is to be expected...i always try to avoid the sulfur-y funk period of my rieslings. nice finish, around 30s, but you can lick your teeth and get a feel of it back! this is gonna lay down and cellar nicely. i'll probably pop my next one open in 2020 and drink onwards from there. a typical intellectual adam wine. glad i have a full set of 2011s on the way!!
Bought recently from Crush. Light gold-yellow. Cool and complex nose of herbs, vegetation and green leaves, brown spices, mint, peach and peach pit, apricot, honey, and white raisins. Very multidimensional. The mint is especially entrancing with spearmint and menthol aspects. The herbal aspect takes the fore over the fruit. A cool nutmeg-eggnog aroma arises with time. A little more monolithic on the palate - honey, peach and white raisins, with brown spices: nutmeg and cumin and green leaves coming out later in the palate. Compelling mouthfeel - full of flavor and texture, but sleek and focused. The long finish starts with the green leaves, moves through the spices to the cool mint at the end. This is excellent and a significant step up from the Kabinett in my opinion. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
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(A.J. Adam Dhron Hofberg Riesling Spätlese) ($49.00) 50% botrytis, and a BA-flavor enters the picture, which you’ll love if that’s the taste you love! The high notes of fruit really lift this out of the generically “rich,” and makes the wine animated and vinous, though it’s still baroque.
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