This is probably the best wine I have ever had... sweet and very smooth. I have been looking for this one forver!
TN: Lost Goldmine? Peter Nicolay 2003 Ürziger Goldwingert Riesling Spätlese, Goldener Kammerpreismünze; Landwirtschafstkammer Rheinland-Pfalz; AP 20756 185 005 04; 8.5 pabv. $23.99/750 ml; Little Store; Englewood, OH. Imported by Schmitt Söhne; Atlanta, GA. Retail price at estate: 14.50 €.This vineyard, which is often thought to be a monopole (Allenbesitz), is actually farmed by two cousins, Helga Berres Pauly for the estate Peter Nicolay and the C.H. Berres Weingut. If you remember the old Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Prüm labels, the C.H. Berres name was included on them. I suppose it’s just ‘all in the family’ who bottles what under what names, but I’ve come across bottles from the Goldwingert bottled by Berres. To clarify, if such is needed, a weblog entry from Felix Eschenauer (http://riesling.blogg.de/index.php?cat=Zur+Lage) states:"Jochen Mueller has made me aware that, in an email to him from Mrs. Helga Pauly (Berres) of the Weingut Dr. Pauly Bergweiler [owned by her and her husband, Dr. Peter Pauly], [at the time of the inheritance] I personally took over the Weingut Peter Nicolay. My birth name is Berres. The Goldwingert is exclusively owned by the family Berres. That is, my cousin Alfred has taken the name of the old estate of our grandfather C.H. Berres, and I use the name Nicolay. The Goldwingert is thus in the exclusive possession of the family Berres.[Under the terms of inheritance, though, both estates have the right to the use of the vineyard]. [my comments in brackets–jht].[from the original in German.] It’s only three-quarters of an acre, steep, and due-southfacing, just across the town border from the Erdener Prälat. Obviously someone in 1971 forgot make it disappear into a larger vineyard, as was the fate of the old Ürziger Sonnenuhr. At a nominal 50 hl/ha, this tiny vineyard is capable of yielding less than 200 cases of wine. No wonder it’s not more famous, although it is perhaps one of the most favorably situated vineyards in the entire valley, in terms of orientation, slope, surface shape, soil, elevation, and propensity for botrytis production. Worth looking for on that basis alone. There is, as far as I can tell, no soil-type information available about this vineyard at all. Is it a transition between the Würzgarten and the Prälat, which would be suggested by its location? Or is it a favorably-sited extension of the situation of the Würzgarten? Perhaps a tasting will give us some insight. It seems to have been granted Erste Lage status.There were two AP numbers being served as samples to a Strat’s Place visitor to the estate–perhaps this is the only one that came into the country, but it seems to have been the bigger, sweeter one from the note I read. The other one was the AP 30 04.A refractive light uncured hay color with no noticeable spritz. A creamy, peachy nose with undercurrents of warm tea with lemon and vanillin, and a hint of white pepper. Develops a nice smokiness and stoniness with air.Soft on entry as are most 2003s from this area, but with a good tartaric side-palate tartness. As rich and sweet as most standard Mosel Ausleses; has lushness and breadth of palate with some walnut and berry notes and some quite ripe citrus-peel. Finishes with a slick, almost metallic, herbaceous cleanness. Could very well be the product of a nice plot in a hot year in the Würzgarten, but has also some of the intensity of a Prälat wine. Would be an excellent ringer for a blind tasting in which these terroirs are explored.Impressive now at 88-90/100; drink now-2009. Cellaring potential is guarded.‘Goldwingert’ means, I believe, ‘Golden Vineyard’.