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2009 Schloss Schönborn Pfaffenberg Riesling Kabinett 11% $24

Highest-rated German Riesling

This is full of trapped CO2, so a good hippy hippy shake is in order. The nose here is pure, with layers of fresh apples, flowers, mineral water, citrus pith and a hint of  fennel seed.  A bit sweet, but the weight is classic Kabinett- high-toned, relatively light and fairly ethereal. There’s plenty of acidity to perk things up. Though it never busts through the sugar, it does lend some fine definition to the pineapple and citrus fruit on the palate. Very bright and nervous, with rock sucking minerality on the back end and onto the long, apple and Meyer lemon-fruited finish. A bit sweeter than I would prefer, but this is mighty fine and still quite youthful. 90pts

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  • Snooth User: Zuiko
    Hand of Snooth
    540750 833

    Glad to hear that Reinhartshausen has made it onto your list. My last visit there in 2009 was a bit disappointing and not showing what they are capable of doing. They had some really spectacular wines from the 1971 vintage until fairly recently. Let's hope they are back on track. Their 1983 Erbacher Siegelsberg Auslese was a monumental wine.

    Jul 09, 2012 at 3:10 PM

  • Snooth User: goessen
    1414520 19

    must be dry. many German bottlers do not indicate dryness.

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

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