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Riesling Spatlese Kiedrich Grafenberg Robert Weil 2004

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"When we come to the 2004 Kiedricher Grafenberg Spatlese, we are in a different realm from any of the wines that preceded it. Indeed, this not only stands comparison to several of the best Grafenberg Spatlesen of the Wilhelm Weil era, but strikes me as the single best Grafenberg Spatlese thus far. The nose is assaulted by a heady mixture of musky florality, brine and iodine minerality, white raisin, and orchard fruits ripe almost to the point of over-the-top decadence. On the palate, these flowers, yellow plum, quince, and white peach seethe with flavor, their being lashed to a formidable mineral base seemingly the only thing that restrains their eruption. The finish of this Riesling displays tremendous drive, nerve and verve as well Auslese-like richness of fruit, honey, and floral essences that go on and on. This gloriously decadent drink can be expected to age to marvelous additional complexity over at least a 25-year period. With just over a thousand cases produced, shame on any Riesling lovers who do not make the necessary effort to taste it for themselves!..95." WA 11/05 "Ripe and expressive, delivering apricot, mango and mandarin orange aromas and flavors, a well-integrated structure and mineral notes on the finish. It's delicious now, but will age well. Drink now through 2020....92" WS 4/06

Region: Germany » Rheingau

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Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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"When we come to the 2004 Kiedricher Grafenberg Spatlese, we are in a different realm from any of the wines that preceded it. Indeed, this not only stands comparison to several of the best Grafenberg Spatlesen of the Wilhelm Weil era, but strikes me as the single best Grafenberg Spatlese thus far. The nose is assaulted by a heady mixture of musky florality, brine and iodine minerality, white raisin, and orchard fruits ripe almost to the point of over-the-top decadence. On the palate, these flowers, yellow plum, quince, and white peach seethe with flavor, their being lashed to a formidable mineral base seemingly the only thing that restrains their eruption. The finish of this Riesling displays tremendous drive, nerve and verve as well Auslese-like richness of fruit, honey, and floral essences that go on and on. This gloriously decadent drink can be expected to age to marvelous additional complexity over at least a 25-year period. With just over a thousand cases produced, shame on any Riesling lovers who do not make the necessary effort to taste it for themselves!..95." WA 11/05 "Ripe and expressive, delivering apricot, mango and mandarin orange aromas and flavors, a well-integrated structure and mineral notes on the finish. It's delicious now, but will age well. Drink now through 2020....92" WS 4/06

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