May 31, 2018 - Very frizzante, even 6 hours after opening. Very lively and refreshing, while showing some secondary complexity. Flinty floral nose. Tastes like apple, lime, anise, grass and stone.White pepper finish lasts a while. Perhaps the best wines I have purchased at $13. Could last another five years at least.
February 17, 2018 - From memory, a pretty but slightly tired Kab that could have used a little more structure/acidity. Still, nice.
August 6, 2017 - Modest nose, but the palate is more generous. Fruit of a mostly apple character with lime, stone, anise and some herbal notes. The flavor profile is fairly complex, but there is something lacking in this wine. Somewhat on the flabby side for a Kabinett. Still a good bargain at $13 from Premier Cru before they went pyramid.
January 25, 2014 - Floral nose. Complex palate of tropical fruit, honey, apricot and moderate acidity. The honey gives it a smooth creamy feel. Finish was a bit short. Th sweet vs. acidity balance was a bit to much in favor of sweet to get this to poke its nose into the outstanding category, but still an excellent wine. Two years ago, I wrote that this wine lacked complexity. Two more years in the bottle has allowed more flavors to develop, increasing complexity.
July 15, 2012 - The nose showed ripe peaches, tangerine, hints of lemon and floral notes. On the palate it was soft and ripe with sweet apple and lemon. It’s tongue curling acidity shows up later and lasts into the close. The finish was dry, showing citrus rind and hints of grapefruit.
July 4, 2012 - So confused by this. For a regional Kabinett it's great. It is, however, priced like just about any other producers single vineyard kabinett. In that league, it is good, maybe even very good, but not quite transcendent. This is medium-bodied, weighty for a kabinett really, it is ripe with lots of ripe apple. It tastes distinctly like most Diel wines (excellent soil component). It is lacking in acidity. Or maybe it has passable but not great acidity. If I were at a restaurant and this were what they had for $48, i'd be psyched. It is not, however, my choice for a top kabinett. In the Thiese stable this gets ably destroyed by Von Othegraven and Adam (both more expensive) and gets a serious run for the money from Hexamer, Donnhoff and Selbach-Oster (S-O and Hexamer both being cheaper).
June 21, 2012 - I've had this wine a few times in the past couple of years and it really seems to be developing. The nose brings orchard fruit and slatey aromas, with a palate that is a bit fatter and fuller than I remember, having fleshed out, with a honeyed granny smith apple flavors. I wouldn't go so far as to say this is flabby, but I may have preferred its youthful acid tinge of a year ago. Or maybe I've just been drinking too many 2010s?
March 18, 2012 - Corked. Fruit still there but not for long I think
August 20, 2011 - Very good Kabinett but not as complex as I would have hoped. A bit of floral on the nose. Palate is dominated by honey, with some white fruit and a hint of the tropics. The backbone is a bit lacking and the acidity is light so the sweetness is a bit flabby, but still a very good wine. I'll give the nod to the AJ Adam over this, but then again that's one of the best. I do not mean to sound so negative, because as I said, this was a very good wine, but lacking enough clarity and crispness to balance the sweetness.
June 30, 2011 - Flat and lacking concentration.