• englishman's claret wrote: 94 points

    December 31, 2020 - This is drinking very young at the moment, offering lots of great, classic Riesling notes articulated beautifully but without the complexity one images will come given the obvious depth and balance of this wine. Today you might find tropical fruits, hints of petrol, acacia, and wonderful pure honey - but I imagine in 20, 30, 40 years this will all be joined by fun tertiary notes that make Riesling so ageable. From 375mL

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  • jshufelt wrote: 98 points

    August 11, 2018 - Celebrating my 50th birthday (again): The few notes I've seen here have piqued my curiosity for a long time. Is this wine really that good?

    In the glass, saturated caramel orange, with emphasis on the orange. On the nose, an astonishingly concentrated and almost electric burst of peach, mango, and passionfruit; I'm not sure I've ever had a dessert wine with aromatics this pronounced, this aggressive. On the palate, deep dives into peach and mango, with red currants, honey, and a bit more passionfruit for good measure. Toffee, mandarin oranges, and caramel make appearances from time to time. Intensely concentrated, but not cloying in the least, with ample acidity supporting what, intellectually, must be a ridiculous level of residual sugar, with a very long, silky finish. If anything, this dessert wine is...refreshing?

    Yes: it really is that good.

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  • CamWheeler wrote: 97 points

    April 11, 2018 - SLDS April 2018: Orange, mandarin, pear and lemon with some swirling spices through the nose. The palate is electrifying, bursting with super concentrated fruit and crackling acidity. The sweetness sits in the background, giving the wine extra dimension rather than taking the focus. Brilliant, a genuine wow wine.

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  • beaunehead Likes this wine: 99 points

    July 31, 2013 - Deep amber color in it's core yet showing some green notes on the rim - will it age forever? Incredibly seductive aromas of dried fruits and flowers layered with wildflower honey lead to a palate bursting with juicy sweet baked pear and apple tart, honey, caramel, toffee, walnut and pecan pie, and an amontillado note on the long, long, energizer bunny still going finish. If there is eiswein in heaven, it's this one.

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  • Burgundy Al wrote: 95 points

    December 15, 2011 - Intense peach aromas with great white floral aromas. Flavors of peach and peach pie, layers and layers of flavor. Fruit is incredibly balanced with wonderful spice, then lengthened and intensified by the wine's vibrant acidity. Both power and finesse all the way through its long finish. Great now, this will last a great, long time.

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  • Ho Bryan wrote: 99 points

    March 4, 2011 - Goodness. Just an amazing wine. Thick and dense viscosity. Good clean attack, mandarins on the palate and plenty else. Divine finish that lasted for minutes. Still feels awfully young, with a slight tang to the acidity at this stage. Can't wait to see my couple of remaining bottles in another decade or so.

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  • Eric wrote: 100 points

    January 23, 2006 - Dinner with friends (Seattle, WA): AP#18 Oh my goodness. Words can do no justice to what was clearly the greatest white wine I have ever tasted. The three of us were transfixed by this tiny bottle of elixir for nearly 90 minutes, just slowly savoring, shaking our heads with every sniff, quietly cursing and muttering after each endless sip. How can a wine be so rich and yet so vibrant, so acidic and yet so deep, so unbeleivably concentrated and yet not the least bit heavy. The concentration, vibrancy and acid here were just off the charts. Loads of mineral, honey, slate, smoke, spices, tons of red fruit. Wow, feeble and fumbling words for a majestic wine. The best part perhaps was the finish, a full minute. And then when it's gone, I kid you not, just lick your teeth, and there it is again. Then lick the ones the other side of your mouth. You could go on this way for a few minutes with the occasional sniff of the wine still in the glass to send you back into orbit. I was utterly stunned by the wine.

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  • burningstarIV wrote: 98 points

    April 9, 2005 - Tasted at the store. Best of the bunch.

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  • IanL wrote: 99 points

    July 14, 2004 - Immense wine. Massively concentrated, great acidity and sugar but fantastically balanced. Slightest touch of botrytis on the nose. Multiple layers of honeysuckle, citrus, peach and an underlying minerality to carry the whole thing along. Great length. Tasted at the end of a long 24 wine tasting of 02 German wines and cut through them all, blowing away any palate fatigue. Drinking fantastically at the moment, we were left wondering whether this can improve any more with time when it is so good now.

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