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jorray
jorray
2005 - Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett
Ripe pears and apples
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett, 2005, is light golden in the glass with a green glint.Aromas are of super-sweet, ripe pear and apple.The palate comes through with consistent notes, bringing crisp apple as the first hightly. Acids nicely offset the sweetness. Light orange citrus flavors stay firm throughout the sip, folding and mellowing into honey on the lingering finish.Four stars out of five, and an excellent value too. Wine Spectator awarded 90 points.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com.
Glenn R.
Glenn R.
1998 - Prager Riesling Smaragd Weissenkirchen Klaus
Why is Riesling the greatest white wine grape?
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
the Weissenkirchner vineyardBecause even in "difficult" vintages, the best producers make wines that not only last, but continue to gain complexity and depth.This Riesling Smaragd (comparable to Auslese in Germany) from the tough 1998 vintage shows none of the high alcohol, and just the subtlest hint of the botrytis that plagued many of the best (dry) Austrian whites from this vintage.  The only hint that this wine is over 10 years old comes from the beautiful, bright green-gold color.  The bouquet offers ever-changing yet delicate aromas of lavender, acacia honey, dried apricots and almonds.  On the palate, a crisp, full entry, and flavors of apricot, honey,  nectarine, and minerals.  Though there is plenty of acidity (this would sing with almost any food), the wine's balance is uncanny, with a round and rich, almost saline quality and a long, juicy finish of unbelievable energy for a 10+ year old wine from a mediocre vintage. This wine is compelling proof that Prager is one of the world's great masters of dry Riesling.  If you find any of the very fine '06 vintage or the spectacular '07, I really hope you'll grab as much as you can afford--but please put a few bottles deep into the corners of your cellar, and forget about them for a decade or two!
WineontheWay
WineontheWay
2007 - Ste Michelle, Chateau Eroica Riesling
Blind and in Bed; Eroica Wine Lives Up to its Name
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Blind and in Bed; Eroica Wine Lives Up to its Name I like to drink my wines blind. In other words, I don' t often read into the tasting notes or even the labels before going in and judging a wine based on what it tells me. Chateau Ste. Michelle's Eroica Riesling was to be no exception. After a bit in the fridge, I reached up to retrieve a wine glass from the cupboard and dug in the silverware drawer for the corkscrew. It amazed me that after years in the food service industry, I actually had to spend time looking for a wine key, but it was true and the task took longer than I would have liked. Finally, I managed to expel the cork. A Healthy Splash of the Chateau Ste. Michelle's in my Wine Glass. This is where I went black out blind. I knew I had brought home a white, but completely forgot that it was a Riesling and so, as I held the glass up to the light in my kitchen, I found the light clear color was surprising while pleasing at the same time. As I realized that I was indeed clueless as to what I was about to drink, I checked out the bottle and reminded myself that this bottle of wine was the fruit of a winemaking collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle's Bob Bertheau and famed Mosel winemaker Ernst Loosen. It was all coming back to me. Eroica, Erotica, Europa? It's from Washington State?? The nose was very fresh and clear to me; void of sweet coyness, no honeys, but a cool mineral earthiness. With a Riesling, I expected the sweeter, but the ideal of the dry Riesling came to my mind. Like the color, the first mouthful caught me by surprise. It also was light and fresh, when I had thought to expect a thicker heavier feel. A bright hint of zest and spice exploded and was immediately followed by the cooling sweetness of Eroica. True to its nature, no one really could say it was a dry wine; it could only be a Dry Riesling and I was pleased that I opened it after dinner as the Sheppard's Pie I made tonight would not have been spicy enough. Still, though, the Chateau Ste. Michelle held its own with a real drinkable delicious flavor. Eroica does not have a Wine Advocate Rating of 91 just based on a great sexy name. Dinner was late tonight, so I carried my glass upstairs while putting the kids to bed. The glass lost some of the chill and the immediate reaction of spice on first sip faded with the fourth and fifth. More open now, yet still not a tease; Eroica continues to be honest and forthright with no apologies. It is said that a Riesling is so much more complicated than other wine varieties because it has both horizontal and vertical dimensions. Plus, it's a variety that can be made in many different styles, from bone dry with high alcohol to moderately sweet with light alcohol, to lusciously sweet with very low alcohol. Eroica is pretty close to perfection. A long dark narrow bottle. An attention grabbing name. A collaboration between two great winemakers; as I continued to taste this wine it all made sense. Is Eroica a Wine for a Happy Ending Dessert? While the say the wine was named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, it's still very close to a play on words I thought and laughed to myself. I imagined a non wine drinker enjoying the sweetness until it went to her head; would the wine live up to its name after a hot date? I Laid in Bed and Drank Eroica It was fitting. After dinner, a sophisticated wine that was tasty enough to keep drinking. I craved some chocolate cake; specifically a thick flourless chocolate torte with a dollop of thick crème fresh, but post Halloween, made due with Reese's peanut butter cup. Cutting through the uber sweetness of the candy, post bite the wine still held up. It was a risky endeavor since one would think the Riesling go flat after all that sugar, but it didn't happen at all. Press on the wine claims that when crafting, the fruit goes direct to press after harvest, and then the juice is cool fermented to capture freshness and minerality. Those flavors come through strong. I could feel the citrus from the Mandarin and lime aromas and then the subtle mineral and slate flavors of the soil. Still delightful, to the finish which was now fruitful, leaving me with finally visions of perfectly crisp Granny Smith apples. I gave a distinguished nod to Chateau Ste. Michelle for their dedication to the classic European wine varietals and fully enjoyed my Eroica even though my dear husband was now sound asleep and snoring next to me. The wine was to be my only happy ending that night. 
Carolyn J.
Carolyn J.
2007 - Doctor Loosen Riesling QbA Dr L
crisp but also fruity very easy to drink
Aug 28, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Sherlock
Sherlock
2006 - Naked Mountain Riesling
a great summer wine
Aug 20, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
The blend of unoaked chardonney and riesling gives this a very fruit forward, yet crisp finish.  Great with summer foods or just sitting on the beach contemplating the end of the day.  The lack of national distribution and limited states they can ship to restricts this pleasure to those who can get to the winery in northern Virginia and "drink naked" -- as it says on the cork.
John  T.
John T.
2007 - Zilliken Riesling Auslese Gold Cap Saarburger Rausch AP 2
2007 German Auction Wines Make a Splash on Arrival
May 17, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

Tasted by sweetstuff on 5/16/2009 & rated 96 points: Versteigerungswein TN: 2007 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Auction AP 2.

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Arrived March 30, 2009. AP 3 551 083 2 08; 7.5 pabv. _41/375 ml; US $66.83 plus 4.26 currency and overseas shipping; $73.09; $109.64/375 ml retail (33 percent on selling price).

From a half-bottle closed with a glorious 5-cm., 1-15/16 inch, CORK. Could count seven bands; would not have been out of place in a B'x First Growth. This was purchased from the Trier auction alongside the AP 1 GKA for Cousin Ron, with a bottle of each for moi.

A pale light green, just a hint of chlorophyll, meaning that most likely Botrytis was selected against in the picking, or a very 'clean' patch was selected for this. Just a touch of warmth of color in that green is a sign of Fuder-aging. Unbelievably thick; clings to the walls of the glass when swirled and simply stays there. Expecting extreme extract. No spritz to my eye but full of crystalline needles of potassium hydrogen tartrate--expect explosive acidity.

Extremely tight in the nose, with some perfectly ripe floral peach and some orange flower--mint flower honey spread on wafers of unleavened bread, the kind the nuns used to make for Eucharist where I came from. Tosses off the merest hint of horehound.

Again, extremely tight, and will require plenty of time just to relax, even though it's been six weeks or so since it arrived from Europe via Portland, Oregon. Powerful lemony acidity, nearly hiding the fruit; surprisingly, this is probalby nearly all tartaric acidity. It's going to soften some as it's held in cellar--there will be a great deal of "Weinstein" precipitation coming out of solution. It's very hard to tell today, but this is a full dessert-style wine, coating the tongue not only with sugar but with a great sense of a slate Riesling, a SAAR Riesling, nearly taking the skin off the tongue. Extremely clean, squeaky-clean, that keeps suggesting everything you've tasted or smellled or seen or even touched so far. Tremendous precision and great discipline for such an explosive wine. Even has a hint of the 'sparky' flavor/scent that you pick up around electrical discharges from fair-voltage equipment, like you can find sometimes in a great Chablis. Can't possibly imagine what extra goodies you'll get going further up the Prädikat scale. Dough, ray, meeeeeee.....

96-97.

Needs days of following; I'll try to let it uncoil in the refrigerator. Stay tuned for further news.

Jeanette S.
Jeanette S.
2004 - Von Hovel, Weingut Riesling Kabinett Oberemmeler Hutte
This was a surprise.
Jan 24, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was served at a family gathering and I had no other choice. The very slightly sweet fruity/acid combo had a pleasant aftertaste.   Although, I thought I tasted citrus in there somewhere.
Mike Supple
Mike Supple
2007 - Prinz, Fred Hallgartener Jungfer Riesling Kabinett
Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Pale lemon green in the glass. Ripe young apricot aromas with very fresh and light notes of lime, wet stone and cantaloupe. Nice sweet burst on the front of the palate that is quickly backed by great acid and a tart lemon rush. Very crisp with just a hint of sparkle showing how young it is. Nice minerality through to the finish with lots of sweet and sour lemon/lime. If you're not familiar with German Rieslings, go grab a bottle of this immediately and see what you're missing. It's the perfect pairing for Thanksgiving foods. Just a hint of sweetness to the wine works perfectly with the rich and sweet cranberry sauce, turkey, mashed potatoes, et al. It's important to note that this is not a heavy, sweet wine. The light sweetness on the front of the mouth is quickly balanced by acid, and this is a very crisp, refreshing and delicious
Sean V.
Sean V.
2004 - Polka Dot Riesling
crisp and refreshing
Oct 13, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I was introduced to this by one of my best friends, This is a smooth drinking, palatable crisp finishing wine.
Colin C.
Colin C.
2005 - Olssens of Bannockburn Riesling Late Harvest Desert Gold
Very Nice!
Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Nice vintage!  Melon overtones to this wine are not over-powering, and the wine comes off as pleasant. The wine is light, it drinks more like melon juice than wine, but it's good for light occasions or as a replacement for stronger wines.
Colin C.
Colin C.
2004 - Olssens of Bannockburn Riesling Late Harvest Desert Gold
Delicious Desert!
Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Great fter dinner wine! A delicious dessert wine for a summer afternoon. Smells like strawberries and tastes like them too, with hints of chocolate as well. Tastes great chilled and perfect for the price.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2000 - Von Schubert Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling QbA
good and expressive!
Jun 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Overall this is a great example of a solid 3 star wine. This is a wonderful wine that tastes of granny-smith apples and lemon rind that boasts a powerful nose of pineapple, apricots, and and wet stone. It is a little expensive for the quality level...however I was certainly pleased with the wine.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2003 - Ste Michelle, Chateau Riesling Barrel Fermented
Really Good
Jun 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Another really good vintage.  In the mouth there are flavors of lemon, lime, and almonds collide...which normally I would think that I would not enjoy this....but I'm lovin' it. A little later after the wine had time to open up there was a prominent flavor of banannas and mango present.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2001 - Ste Michelle, Chateau Riesling Barrel Fermented
Value!
Jun 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Interesting...On the nose there is a buttered pear scent that crawls into your very fiber it is so intense. I had to actually smell this wine a second time to get it because the first time it was sooo intense that I simply couldn't register it. This smells a little like a high end California Riesling at lower end prices.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2002 - Ste Michelle, Chateau Riesling Barrel Fermented
Good
Jun 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Another wine I enjoyed! It has a toasty nose, barrel fermented w/blatant French oak, baked apple, ripe pear, pineapple, medium body, doesn't quite go there to Chardonnay as it finishes clean and long with a great mineral core.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2004 - Weil, Robert Riesling Spatlese Halbtrocken
Pass
Jun 05, 2008
1 star
Once again - one dimensional grape juice! This is another terrible one-dimension I encountered from the  white-grape-juice-world. Easy to drink, with no funny aftertastes (and not a long finish, either) but I could pour myself some Welch's from concentrate for less money! Pass. 
Holley J.
Holley J.
2001 - Kimich, Weingut Julius Ferdinand Forster Elster Riesling Kabinett
Pass
Jun 05, 2008
1 star
Pass on this wine. I was rather disappointed in this Riesling--rather 1 dimensional. Have had significantly better flavor and balance in other german rieslings, and at lower price points.  It was flat is the best way to describe it.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2003 - Loosen, Dr. Riesling Eiswein Bernkastler Lay
Age Worthy
Jun 03, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This vintage should improve with age, so be patient. It has lush apricot and hints of honeycomb. Medium bodied, and low in acidity. Fantastic mouth feel. The sweetness doesn't subdue the the minerality, but it is certainly the dominant trait. Great quality
Holley J.
Holley J.
2002 - Loosen, Dr. Riesling Eiswein Bernkastler Lay
Great Again!
Jun 03, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Back on top with this sweet but well balanced wine. Enough structure on the mid-palate to not taste like syrup. Finishes with just a little minerals and some more green apple. Highly recommended.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2001 - Loosen, Dr. Riesling Eiswein Bernkastler Lay
Good Stuff
Jun 03, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This vintage was good but slightly less satisfying than previous vintages. On the nose it has green apple. One the palate it's bordering on overbearingly sweet. At initial opening, pear and honeysuckle flavors. After 2 hours, evolved into pronounced apricot.

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