Crisp and zesty, a true kabinett. So easy to drink. Lovely bouquet of golden delicious apples and limes, with just a hint of petrol. A sweet attack followed by an almost lacy mouthfeel and excellent length. Delicious since release, I can see this improving. Screwcap closure.
Popped and poured. Moderately intense nose of lemons, wet slate, citrus blossoms, grass, and mixed ketones. Rather light but beautifully balanced on the palate with good acidity and moderate fruit. Seems to lack the complexity it had in its younger days but still a nice drink.
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(Dr Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett) Screwcap. This is rather pale, and still possesses a little carbon dioxide in the glass. The nose is attractive, showing fresh melon and lime. The palate, meanwhile, seems to have better acids than I described last time, as it is rounded and fat but with plenty of acid and carbon dioxide zip to keep it fresh. I think the quality is as previously described, although I would not be so hard on the wine's structure based on this tasting; there is freshness, acid and bite here. Really very good indeed.
(Dr Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett) Screwcap. This wine has a similarly pale hue, again with a fruit laden nose, but here more melon and lime, perhaps more typical, with a steely-stony character beneath. The palate is again fat and round and is not the most rapier like I have ever encountered, but clearly this is a characteristic on the 2005 vintage. There is good freshness though, and again that delicious zippy character. Clean, with a lovely weight, and a wealth of rounded, resinous, sugar-rich texture and fruit on the finish. Fine quality, intrinsically enjoyable, but not what all buyers of Kabinett will be looking for (true of the vintage as a whole, rather than being a criticism of Loosen).
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