Carl Schmitt-Wagner Riesling Auslese Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg 2007
A "core-list" wine. Because how can anything calling itself a “core-list” fail to include this monument of character and distinctiveness? This 2007 has darker, more herbal aromas than the Kabinett; the palate shows sensational complexity and a monumental authority, as if they knew it was the swansong vintage; a positive botrytis like a well-fitting garment; a demi-glace with cherry and smokiness; the botrytis gives just a slight admonition to the finish; he’s not entirely explicable, this guy, but what an impression he makes.
The wine's color was light straw at the edges with an undertone of green and water white in the middle. On the nose, there was aromas of wax, petrol, ammonia, and minerals. To taste, it was still quite sweet on the attack with green apple flavors and a hint of peaches. This wine was still quite fresh and vibrant. In my opinion, this wine is still young. It will need more time. However, it has a lot of potential.
External Reviews for Carl Schmitt-Wagner Riesling Auslese Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg
Revealing high levels of SO2, the smoky 2003 Riesling Spatlese Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg is a wine that will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring for its sulfur to be absorbed. It displays excellent depth, a Pouilly-Fume-like flintiness, and notes of spiced apples in its tightly wound character. Anticipated maturitry: 2006-2012.
This delicate wine showcases Riesling's feminine, floral side. Could those be lilacs? Green apple and citrus flavors linger seductively on the finish.
Sweet corn, spices, and stones can be discerned in the aromatics of the tangy, broad 2002 Spatlese. It is light to medium-bodied, soft, and filled with red currants and melon balls. Some tropical fruit notes can be found in its extensive finish. Projected maturity: 2005-2025.
Backward and unevolved. Waxy, with racy acidity, this is a great young Riesling. Packed with dry extract and hard-edged today, yet there's density, and deeply wrought tropical fruit and mineral flavors.
A friendlier, more generous wine, the 2001 Riesling Spätlese Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg A.P. #1302 exhibits aromas of fresh, ripe pears and apples. Harmonious, elegant, and lush, this excellent value is a forward, pretty wine. Spices, pears, and white flowers can be found in its light to medium-bodied personality.
Succulent flavors of white peach, kumquat and starfruit are floral and fragrant, backed by crisp, zesty acidity. It's clean and focused, finishing with juicy length.
Coffee, sea spray, caraway, apricot, and red delightfully scent and flavor the juicy and engaging Schmitt-Wagner 2009 Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Riesling Spatlese. Lush suggestions of ripe melon and subtle stoniness and an exotic hint of cocoa on the lightly-creamy palate lead to a satisfyingly long finish not quite as distinctively delicious today as the corresponding Kabinett. But this wine will be worth following for at least 15 years.