From a 375. Terrific minerality acidity and balanced sweetness for a wine that is nearly 25 years old. Beautiful citrus coupled with some aging apricot and a hint of caramel. The thing that is always so impressive about aged Riesling is how well the acidity and sweetness holds up. This is perfectly drinkable right now and appears to be ageless.
Same 375ml bottle I wrote a note on before. About half a small glass has been sitting in the bottle, with cork, in the fridge, since my last note, approximately 6 months ago. Medium to dark orange-brown. Jesus, this is still alive? WTF? Nose shows some oxidation - baked apples and apricots, some brown sugar, spices, baked orange or tangerine peel. Some hints of cooked aspects - sugar and fruit. Enters with the baked elements - peaches, apple, apricot and evolves backwards as the palate progresses - acid and liveliness emerging and conquering. Baked orange peel de-evolves into tangerine and orange, then into searing tangerine, lime and mineral in the finish. What the hell is going on here, was this wine made by Herbert West? Nose - 4/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 6/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.
Seasonal dinner (Seasonal, NYC): An insane fragrance; high toned floral and spicy notes, honey and a spectrum of Riesling fruit ranging from ripe citrus and baked apple to more exotic pineapple and other tropical flavours; so much going on here that it's hard to put into words. There's tremendous power, intensity and sweetness on the palate - just what I'd expect from a BA - but it has the same blazing acidity and precision as the '90 Domprobst Spätlese poured earlier, keeping it amazingly vibrant and fresh. Thrilling wine.
Jaw dropping. A leaps-from-the-glass bouquet of flowers, black pepper, clove and honey, hint of vanilla,; my fiancé, walking past, stops and asks "what the hell is that and can I have some?". In the mouth, pineapple, grapefruit, honey, loads and loads of spice, incredible fresh acid and the most tannin I've ever "felt" in a white; the effect is a wine that is infinitely complex and concentrated, yet is perfectly balanced and mouth-watering. What a wine.
Bought at auction a while back, and dragged to a number of events before finally opened tonight. Medium gold. Odd but nice nose of mint, herbal, tangerine, apricot and honey. Quite dry on the nose. The sweetness comes out more on the finish, but it is still quite dry and not at all what we were expecting. A cypher. Was this just what was in the bottle? Was the representative for the wine? Did my handling mess up the bottle? We will never know - but at least I have 2 more to compare this one two. 14/20.
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