Wow, this was magnificent when sufficiently chilled! Honey'ed nose of flowers, nectarines. I had expected this to be much sweeter (given that it's an Auslese), but it seemed like the sweetness had somewhat toned down a notch after all these time in bottle. This was so rich on the palate, but yet felt so light and fresh (acidity) that there wasn't any sense of cloying at all. Very very good! Brought home some, and wife said "go buy more" after trying it! Thank-you very much, JT... :(
Wow it was more than 2 years ago since I last had this. From my prior note, it seemed like nothing has changed. Still golden, vibrant acidity though this time it did seem sweeter than before. But still the acidity kept everything in check. I think I need 5 more years before I touch the next bottle!
Golden but not browning yet. Lovely exotic nose with lemon, citrus and peaches. Sweetness very much mellowed down, akin to a Spatlese level yet medium-bodied. Superb balance and very very easy to glide down the throat, almost silky. Still astonishing young because the palate is not totally secondary yet. What keeps it from being rated higher is that it is not even showing its full potential yet (surprise surprise). Will still evolve for years!
DRC Dinner 2 (Sydney, Australia): Youthful and lifted nose of spices, lemon, white floral notes, mandarin and a touch of honey. The palate is superbly balanced with a sense of richness rather than outright sweetness that contributes the punch and then there is a wave of acidity lifting and driving through to the finish. This wine from a 750ml bottle was not yet close to its peak, I think there is easily another 10-15 years in it yet.
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