Snappy and tart. The fruit is still bright but is taking on a more aged character at this point and along with the sugar is receding some in expression. There is a hint of diesel on the nose. I'm betting this was best when it was young and seemingly more complex. Still very nice. I was lucky enough to get to drink this next to the Auslese of the same vintage for contrast. The extra sugar in that wine actually made it seem more focused and complex. More seamless.
Cork crumbled upon opening so we had our fears. Nice fruit and a hint of petrol with a decent finish. Yes, it could use a touch more acidity but the wine paired so well with shrimp curry that it put a smile on my face. Bottle was drained by the two of us very quickly. Last bottle of two.
This is better now than it was on release. I don't think it'll ever be a model of precision, but it's showing much more brightness and definition than it did, with the fruit more typically delicious riesling than the tropical fruit punch flavors it used to have. And while it's changed significantly, it doesn't really taste any older, just different, so if you feel like plunging into something fresh and lively, this does the job just fine.
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(Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Spatlese) The perfect Saar Spatlese. That is all you need to know. This wine is just so silky with that beautiful tension between sweet and sour. Impressive concentration and a haunting texture. Just so darn impressive you cannot beleive it. Amazing length.
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