Wrote these notes before looking at my tasting notes from a year ago and my impression seems very similar. Aromas of ripe apple, yellow peaches, honey and spice with a little chalky minerality. Spice and smoke evident of botrytis on the finish. What was interesting was that this had 11% alcohol compared to 7.5% from a Mosel Spatlese before it.
2004 Riesling Spatlese Tasting (Shannon's): An interesting closure with a plastic capsule surrounding a metal bottle cap. Very Rheingau on the nose, which was even more evident after having two Spatleses from the Mosel. A riper honeyed apple and stonefruit nose with baking spices and just a touch of chalky minerality. It seemed to show that it contained just a little bit of botrytis. Perhaps a touch less acid than the Mosels we tasted, but with good balance overall and good length. A charming wine.
Tief grüngelb mit goldenen Reflexen. Intensive, schwere Nase nach exotischer Frucht mit Litschi, Honigmelone, aber auch Kamille. Voller, sehr extraktreicher Körper mit leicht herber Unternote, mittlerer, sehr feiner und um die Zunge konzentrierter Säure und mittlerem Abgang. Etwas breit, etwas Gerbstoffe, sonst überzeugend.
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