Community Tasting Notes (37) Avg Score: 89.9 points

  • Exactly, and I mean exactly, the same as my 6/20/12 note. This hasn't budged, is fat at first, then sleekens to a shimmering example of aged Riesling. This has another decade ahead of it, at least. I'm thankful for CT, in that I could easily see that note, open and aerate the bottle significantly ahead of serving, which helped its performance significantly. I strongly recommend a six hour slow ox, and every couple hours significantly shaking, to aerate the bottle. Was brilliant, and still unfolding after open an hour in glass. 92pts, 94pts personal preference.

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  • Mixed German and Alsatian vertical tasting (Chez Eric): A treat to drink. Color is still very youthful - The freshest out of the lineup - lots of citrus, lime leaf, lemongrass, petrol, peach. Slate and mineral on the palate with good acidity. well balanced. finishes clean.

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  • (Mostly) Rieslings at Lan Sheng (Lan Sheng, NYC): Very pretty; fresh lime, citrus and green apple fruit framed by a patina of more mature smoky and creamy elements, and a gentle mineral undercurrent beneath. There's really bright acidity here that keeps it very refreshing and precise, and the balance here is fantastic. Lovely.

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  • Library release. First night: Bright gold and green hued yellow. Wow! Boistrous nose of baking spices, underripe citrus and a strong peach pit/botrytis component. Soft attack with a dry, almost trocken-like mid and especially end palate. Waxy, almost Semillon-like in texture and even flavor aspects. A bit dilute in mouthfeel, almost hollow. Not the depth and structure I'd hoped. Lots of baking and brown spices on the palate as well. Intruiging. Talc emerging over time, along with a very strong baked ripe apple flavor profile, which I don't like.
    Second night: Nose more knit, with spicy baked yellow fruit predominant. More acid on the attack, and brighter throughout. This is more of what I expected. Nice long mouthwatering slightly tart finish and packed with the beginnings of secondaries, while still holding delicious, primary, bergamot and slightly underripe white peach fruit. No sign of the botrytis elements or the spiced baked apples from last night.
    This is part of why I like aged world-class Riesling - so everchanging and kaleidoscopically alive.
    This bottle will last another decade, but I'd go for it now and get all these aspects as they unfold. Beautiful! 92 pts pure quality, 94 pts personal preference.

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  • Apparently a library release. Delightful, mature Riesling with a palate of clear green fruit, lime, petrol and minerals. The wine is soft and round yet with excellent precision and cut. A treat. With Jason at Foreign & Domestic in Austin.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/3/2010, (See more on 90 points

    (Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese) Light medium lemon yellow color; petrol, baked stone fruit, preserved lemon nose; soft, ripe lemon, mineral, ripe citrus palate; medium -plus finish 90+ pts.

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  • By Lyle Fass
    3/24/2007, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Spatlese) Excellent nose of steel, lime blossoms and a touch of petrol. Incredibly minerally palate with powdery fruit and ripe acids. Excellent mature Spatlese.

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