Medium orange-brown. Murky. The nose is quince, marmalade, burnt sugar, molasses, nuts, apricots, and something funky. Very high acid. The nose reminds me some of a dessert sherry. The palate is very acidic - tart quince and marmalade, some orange peel and brown sugar and nuts. The end palate has a saline concentration from the fruit and acid. The finish is similar with molasses, marmalade and acid, but the funk comes out now and again. Nose - 4.5-5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4.5-5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15-16/20.
Rieslings and Rhones at Grand Sichuan (St. Marks Place Grand Sich, NY): Not as absurdly spicy and acidic as the '96 Eselshaut Rieslaner Auslese; this is much better behaved with the acidity rather nicely integrated, and that usual wild Rieslaner flavour profile of sweet tropical fruit, more savoury burnished flavours and gentle spicy, herbal and honeyed accents.
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