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Community Tasting Notes (4) Avg Score: 91 points

  • Roughly in an Alsatian style, but it's somewhat off-dry and less oily and compacted than many examples and perhaps better off for it. As another reviewer brought up, this doesn't match a Mosel's elegance or clarity; I'd compare it more to a drier version of a Donnhoff Kab with less gloss but about as much substance and a dusty grapefruit element on the back end. Balancing acids make for long finish. I see no reason why this won't age like most Rieslings, peaking in another 3 years followed by a slow fade. Good value on a domestic white wine.

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  • Dry, good acidity. Too bad it's all gone

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  • It appears that this was basically a one-off endeavor by Big Basin, which is too bad. It's really quite good and better than so many Chards out there on the market. Not bone-dry like most Alsace or dry German Rieslings. Closer to the Austrian style of dry or near-dry with a lot of fruit. Nice acidity and very clean. Would make a great restaurant wine, if more distributors and restaurants (and diners) knew what they were doing.

    Update: Enjoying this a lot. When trying to map this to a Mosel style Riesling, the difference between actual sugar and ripeness comes into play. This is a quite ripe wine and at least gives the impression of sweetness. As ripe as a Spatlese or Auslese, but closer to a Kabinett (or less) in terms of actual RS. That means you don't get the magical weight of a good Mosel Riesling, but it is still very tasty. Looking forward to trying other efforts at good CA Riesling.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/12/2012, (See more on 91 points

    (Big Basin Vineyards Riesling Wirz Vineyard) Light lemon yellow color; aromatic, ripe lemon, bright, ripe apple nose; tasty, tight, tart apple, ripe pear, mineral palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (40 yr old vines)

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