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GERMANY

German Rieslings are my favorite wines in the world because of the quality and low prices they are still at.  You can get good Spatlese for under $20.  Here are some great links for further information on German Riesling:

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1990

1990 Karthauserhof Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg (AP6) Auslese

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Honey, floral, mineral

Taste:  Still stunning with floral, mineral, nectar

Finish:  Medium

Evaluation:  Germany Riesling is one of the best wines to age a long time.  Tried in 08.  92 points

1990 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf "R" Wachenheimer Gerümpel Auslese Riesling $$$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Petrol, honey

Taste:  Acidity is getting flat with floral, petrol and honey

Finish:  Sweet but acidity is not balancing the wine probably due to age

Evaluation:  Past prime 85 points

 

1995

1995 Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese

Medium gold.  Nice petrol, slate and floral are featured on the nose.  The palate showed some thickness and featured lovely fruits and minerals.  A medium finish and I would image this has some great life left.  92 points

2000

2000 Joh. Jos Prum Wehlner Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling $$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Petrol, slate, honey

Taste:  Semi sweet with slate, honey, some petrol

Finish:  Medium, balanced, and multi layered

Evaluation:  A pleasant surprise from a bad vintage 92 points

2000 Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese $$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Floral, petrol, apricots

Taste:  Floral, petrol, apricots, sugar cubes

Finish:  Dies quick

Evaluation:  Drink up not much left 87 points

2000 Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett

Light gold.  On the nose floral and mineral but very light indeed.  The palate showed more with candied apples, mineral, and pear with a touch of sweetness.  A short finish with nice acidity caps off the wine.  86 points

2001

2001 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Pineapple, honey, slate

Taste: Good acidity with pineapple, slate, honey

Finish:  Solid

Evaluation:  Nice wine for the price 89 points

2001 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling $$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Citrus, honey suckles

Taste:  Sweet with citrus, honey, slate

Finish:  Medium and balanced wine

Evaluation:  Great vintage from a great producer 92 points

2001 Fritz Haag #6 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling $$$$

Color:  Dark gold

Nose:  Apple, candied fruits, slate

Taste:  Wow with apples, candied fruits, peaches, and powerful slate taste

Finish:  Long and complex wine with an interweaving of flavors

Evaluation:  Wish I had more!  94 points

2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Riesling $$

Color: Light gold

Nose:  Citrus, spice, mineral

Taste:  Some sweetness but more sour with spice, mineral, and citrus notes

Finish:  Light wine for a Spatlese

Evaluation:  No flaws but lacks intensity 89 points

2001 Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Auslese Riesling $$$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Lemon, candied fruits, sour apple

Taste:  Minerals, lemon, honey, peach, and floral notes

Finish:  Long but not intense

Evaluation:  Great Auslese that will cellar for 20 more years 94 points

2001 Muller-Catoir Haardter Burgergarten Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken
(Pfalz) $$

Light gold.  This wine was on its last legs which was a surprise.  After referencing Cellar Tracker I believe it was just a poorly made wine.  A little minerality on the nose and the palate showed roughly the same.  Drink up if you have any left.  81 points

2002

2002 Donnhoff Oberhuaser Liestenberg Kabinett Riesling $$$

Color: Light gold

Nose:  Pear, apricots, green apple

Taste:  Green apple, apricots, pear, mineral

Finish:  Medium green apple, apricots, mineral

Evaluation:  Nice wine 91 points

2002 Baron Heyl Nierstein Spatlese Riesling $$$

Color:  Dark yellow

Nose:  Honey suckles, floral,

Taste:  Sweet, honey suckles, sour, apples, candy corn

Finish:  Medium with mineral, honey suckles, apples

Evaluation:  Tried in 07 and Spatlese Rieslings can age for 20 plus years.  Solid overall.  88 points

2002 Joh. Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett $$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Slate, light fruit aromas

Taste:  Slate, pear, orange peel

Finish:  Short

Evaluation:  OK 85 points

2002 Joh. Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett $$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Slate, peach, pinneapple, pears

Taste:  Much more intense then the previous bottle with peach, minerals, pinneapple and pear

Finish:  Medium with great acidity

Evaluation:  Showed really well compared to a previous sampling 90 points

2002 Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese $$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Slate, peach, honey

Taste:  A touch of sweetness with honey, peach, slate dominating

Finish:  Medium and in perfect form

Evaluation:  Excellent wine from a sub par vintage 92 points

2002 Joh. Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese $$$

Color:  Light Gold

Nose:  Floral, honey, mineral

Taste:  A blend of sweet and sour (balanced).  Honey, mineral, pear, peach

Finish:  Long with peach, pear, honey, mineral, and a little butter scotch

Evaluation:  One of the best Spatlese I have tasted.  93 points

2002 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (8/12/2010)
Light gold. Nose of floral, honey, minerals and peaches. The wine is perfectly balanced with the combo of sweet and sour. The flavors of honey, minerals, peach and pear are amazing and the finish is really long adding a butter scotch element. Drink now or hold for 5 years. (93 pts.)

2002 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese $$$$

Color: Medium gold

Nose:  Honey, slate, peach

Taste:  Peach cobbler, honey suckles, nice sour component

Finish:  Medium and concentrated with honey, slate, peach, and floral.  Super balanced wine

Evaluation: Wonderful wine from a great producer 94 points

2002 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese $$$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose: Clean nose with candied fruits, petrol, minerals, peach, lime

Taste:  Sweet and refreshing with slate, honey suckles, peach cobbler, lime, rose petals

Finish:  Medium and smooth with nice balance

Evaluation:  Light wine with tons of flavor!  93 points

2003

 

2003 A J Adam Dhronhofberger Tholey Auslese

Light gold.  A nose of floral and honey.  The taste on this was not near the concentration of the Prum and featured floral, light honey and minerals.  87 points

2003 Muller-Catoir Gimmeldinger Schlossel Rieslaner Spatlese Riesling $$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose: Floral, ginger, golden apples

Taste:  Little petrol with floral, ginger, spices, and minerals

Finish:  Medium with some powerful flavors

Evaluation:  Great wine from the Pfalz region 92 points

2003 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett $$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Vanilla, mineral

Taste:  Mineral, vanilla, off taste

Finish: Short and not tasting like a Kabinett

Evaluation:  Disappointed 80 points

2003 Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese $$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose: Mineral, peach, pear

Taste:  Light Spatlese with mineral, peach and pear

Finish:  Mild sweetness with good acidity

Evaluation:  Not bad from an OK Vintage 88 points

2003 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Spatlese $$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Slate, peach

Taste:  Light with slate and some fruit

Finish:  Short and light

Evaluation:  Not impressive for a Spatlese 86 points

2003 Joh Joh Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese $$$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Pineapple, slate, honey, minerals

Taste:  Peach, slate, pineapple, honey

Finish:  Medium and intense with slate, peach, honey, pineapple

Evaluation:  Incredible wine and a steal at $35.  94 points

2003 Joh Joh Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese $$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Peach, honey, petrol

Taste:  Peach, pear, slate and great acidity

Finish:  Slate, pear, petrol and peach on this short to medium finishing wine

Evaluation:  A nice find for $30 92 points

2003 Langwerth von Simmern Hattenheimer Mannberg Spatlese $$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Floral, light honey

Taste:  Floral, and really bitter

Finish:  Short and disappointing

Evaluation:  Poorly made.  78 points

2004

2004 Muller-Catoir Gimmeldinger Mandelgarten Pfalz Spatlese $$$$

Color: Light gold

Nose:  Floral, citrus, mineral

Taste:  Very  different then the Loosen with spice, floral, wet rock not much sweetness as it is a drier styled wine

Finish:  Medium and balanced

Evaluation:  If you like sweet then try the Spatlese wines from the Mosel as the Pfalz tend to be produced with a drier style 92 points

2004 Joh. Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese $$$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Honey, tropical fruit, mineral, Intense!

Taste:  Wow.  Honey, slate, peach, pear, and really balanced

Finish:  Long and intense.

Evaluation:  A treat to say the least.  94 points

2004 Joh. Jos Prum Wehlner Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling $$$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  A little funk that blew off, slate, peach, apple

Taste:  Wow really intense with slate, honey, peach

Finish:  Long and super balance wine

Evaluation:  94 points with room for improvement

2004 Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen "303" Riesling Spatlese

My favorite starter wine.  Light gold with a nose of floral, mineral, apricots, slate.  On the palate this wine blossomed with an almost Auslese level of sweet following by apricots, slate, golden apples, and peaches.  There is plenty of acidity on the finish which indicates some serious cellaring potential.  92 points

2004 Dr. F. Weins Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Pear, apple, mineral

Taste:  A touch of sweetness with sour apple, pear, mineral, and citrus fruit

Finish:  Medium with a hint of sweetness along with apple, pear, mineral, and citrus fruit

Evaluation:  Very well made and a balanced wine from a pretty solid vintage.  88 points

2005

2005 Alfred Merkelbach Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese Riesling$$

Color:  Light

Nose:  Floral, acidic, mineral

Taste:  Rich and bright with crisp fruit

Finish:  Short with mineral and fruit

Evaluation:  Nice and should drink well without food.  88 points

2005 Donnhoff Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Floral, honey, mineral

Taste:  Semi sweet compared to Kabinett and beyond.  Honey, mineral, floral, apple

Finish:  Satisfying with mineral, honey, pear, apple, and floral

Evaluation:  For under $20 a must try.  90 points

2005 Bollig Lehnert Piesporter Goldtropfchen Spatlese $$

Color  Light gold

Nose:  Peach

Taste:  Peach, mineral, grass and some sweetness

Finish:  Short and not strong

Evaluation:  Simple wine but decent 85 points

2005 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Spatlese Riesling $$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Honey, straw, ripe peaches,

Taste:  WOW!  Sweet, candied fruit, slate, peaches, honey

Finish:  Medium with ripe peaches, slate, honey, apples, pears

Evaluation:  The Nose and Taste are outstanding.  While the finish is good it does not measure up to the initial taste.  Close to be outstanding!!! 93 points

2005 Prinz von Hessen Rheingau Riesling $$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Slate, peach,

Taste:  Acidic with slate, peach, chalk

Finish:  Starts out strong and then becomes very light

Evaluation:  Due to a weak finish and a high alcohol percentage for a German Riesling not a good wine in my opinion 82 points

2005 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese $$$$

Color: Medium gold

Nose:  Floral, apple, peach

Taste:  Intense with floral, apple, peach, pear, slate

Finish:  Long for a Riesling with complex character.  Incredible balance between acidity and sugar levels.

Evaluation:  One of the best German wines to date 95 points

2005 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese $$$$

Color: Medium gold

Nose:  Floral, minerals, pear, apple

Taste:  This bottle was more subtle with minerals, floral, apple pear

Finish:  Medium and refreshing

Evaluation:  Another solid showing at a summer time picnic 93 points

2005 St. Urbans-Hof Mosel-Saar-Ruwer  Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett Riesling $$

Color:  Light almost clear

Nose:  Explosive crisp smell with mineral, tropical fruit.  Acid present

Taste:  Medium sweetness with citrus, floral and little acidic element

Finish:  Medium with citrus and minerals

Evaluation:  Tremendous value.  A wine that can be drunk alone or pair with food.  A crowd pleaser at one of my tastings.  90 points

2005 Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling $$$

Color: Medium gold

Nose:  Floral, minerals, honey

Taste:  Sweet honey, mineral, floral, and sour

Finish:  Long with honey, mineral, floral, and pear

Evaluation:  Wonderful wine made in the sweet style.  90 points

2005 Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling $$$

Color: Medium gold

Nose:  Floral, minerals, honey, peaches

Taste:  Sweet fruits and really showing some nice mineral qualities

Finish:  Long with peach, honey, slate, floral and spices

Evaluation:  Better then the first bottle   93 points

 2005 Kesseler Kabinett Riesling $$

Color:  Yellowish hue

Nose:  Mineral

Taste:  Mild sweetness, floral and thick texture

Finish:  Medium with floral and mineral

Evaluation:  A nice inexpensive riesling from the home of riesling 87 points

2005 Baron Knyphausen Erbacher Steinmorgan Spatlese Riesling $$$

Color:  Dark gold

Nose:  Citrus, flint, honey

Taste:  Wow!  Super balanced wine featuring nice acidity and citrus, lemons, flint, honey.  Of course a little sweet but it was a perfect balance to the acidity.

Finish:  Long and pleasing.  Complex wine that went over really well with non white drinkers.

Evaluation:  A stunner at $22!  94 points

2005 Studert-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling $$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Intense floral notes, honey, melon, mineral

Taste:  Sweet, floral, melon, minerals, good acidity

Finish:  Initial burst of flavors but overall short

Evaluation:  Well made and acceptable for the price.  Only flaw is the finish.   87 points

2005 Weber Riesling $

Color:  Clear

Nose:  Mineral and acidity

Taste:  Sweet, fruit and mineral

Finish:  Short and not much there

Evaluation:  Weak finish but for the price it is drinkable.  82 points

2006

2006 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Peach, mineral, floral

Taste:  Sweet with huge slate, floral, orange peel, honey, peach

Finish:  Floral dominates the finish with hints of slate, orange peel, honey

Evaluation:  What an interesting wine.  A lot going on.  90 points

2006 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese trocken - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
2006 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese $$
Nice dark golden color. Explodes with slate, peach, honey, golden delicious apples, and honey on nose. A thick wine with an intense taste of slate, honey, floral, peach, and pineapple. The finish on this wine is sweet but it quickly changes to a sour profile that is very satisfying. Currently 94 points (94 pts.)

2006 Fritz Haag Qba Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Mineral, floral, honey

Taste:  Mineral, floral, honey, more sour then sweet

Finish:  Medium and balanced

Evaluation:  Fritz Haag is one of my favorite producers 89 points

2006 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Auslese (AP 06) $$$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Floral, candied fruits (not over powering)

Taste:  Intense sweetness and thick with floral, pineapple, peaches, apricots

Finish:  Ripe peaches, pineapple, floral on this medium finish

Evaluation:  Very delicious stuff 93 points

2006 Von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Kabinett Riesling $$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Honey, melon, mineral

Taste:  Little sweet and sour with nice mineral, melon and honey

Finish:  Good acidity on this medium finish

Evaluation:  Nothing spectacular87 points

2006 Dr. Loosen Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Beerenauslese $$$$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Candied fruits, spice, mineral, floral

Taste:  Big and sweet with a variety of elements

Finish:  Medium to long

Evaluation:  This dessert style wine is not as intense as many but overall nice 92 points

2006 Alfred Merkelbach Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese Riesling $$$

Color: Light gold

Nose:  Slate, peach, pineapple,

Taste: Sweet with peach, pear, slate, honey

Finish:  Medium with good acidity but a little to floral for my taste

Evaluation:  Inexpensive Auslese that shows 85 points

Tried a week later and improved to a 90 point score

My experience with 06 Germans is to open and let sit for a few days or cellar for some time.

2006 Pfeffingen Pfalz Gewurtraminer Spatlese $$$

Color: Dark

Nose:  Floral, spice, figs

Taste:  Sweet with floral, spice and a pleasant, sharp bitter taste

Finish:  Medium with mineral, spice, floral

Evaluation:  Solid Gewurtraminer made in the Spatlese style 89 points

2006 Joh. Jos Prum Wehlner Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling $$$$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Peach, mineral, pear, floral

Taste:  Great balance of sweet and acidity with peach, mineral, floral

Finish:  Long and full of fruit

Evaluation:  93 points

2006 Urban Mosel Saar Ruwer Riesling QBA $$

Color:  Pale yellow

Nose:  Intense, mineral, straw, pear

Taste:  Sweet, mineral, straw, little spice, Balanced acidity

Finish: A balance wine with mineral, sweetness, straw on this medium finish

Evaluation:  Well done and a great everyday wine.  87 points

2006 St. Urbans Hof Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling $$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Floral, mineral, honey suckles

Taste:  Sweet with floral, honey, tropical fruit, mineral, and the acidity is well balance

Finish:  Medium and sweet with floral, tropical fruit and mineral

Evaluation:  Balanced wine that pairs really well with smoked gouda cheese.  88 points

Sample March 08

Color:  Dark gold

Nose:  Honey, mineral, floral

Taste:  Well balanced between acidity/sweetness.  This is a thick wine with honey, mineral, tropical fruit, and floral notes

Finish: Medium with pleasing character

Evaluation:  This wine has improved since the last sample in 07.  91 points

2006 St. Urbans Hof Ockfener Bockstein Spatlese Riesling  $$

Color:  Dark gold

Nose:  Mineral and honey suckles

Taste:  Thick wine with honey, floral, and mineral notes

Finish:  Balanced wine with a satisfying finish.

Evaluation:  A solid example of a Spatlese Riesling.  87 points

2006 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling $$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Slate, peach, apple

Taste:  A solid wine with great acidity featuring slate, peach, limes and lemons

Finish:  Concentrated wine with a solid medium finish

Evaluation:  A nice buy at $18.99 on sale 92 points

2006 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Spatlese Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose: Pineapple, minerals, lemon cream pie

Taste:  Sweet with a zip of minerality, butterscotch

Finish:  Very short for a Spatlese

Evaluation:  Not at the level of the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr site 88 points

2006 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Auslese $$$ (better after opened for 3 days)

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Honey, floral

Taste:  Sweet with slate, honey, slight petrol quality peach cobbler

Finish:  Medium with slate, honey, peach, and mineral

Evaluation:   A light Auslese with some aging potential 91 points

2006 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Auslese $$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose: Honey, must, slate

Taste:  Sweet with golden apples, intense floral notes, honey, minerals

Finish:  Short and light

Evaluation:  Not the most impressive Auslese as the finish is weak 87 points

2006 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 'Rotlay' - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
Super wine with floral, apricots, peaches, minerals and honey on the nose. The palate is very expressive and lively with a thicker feel than most. Good acidity and sweetness is present but not over the top. Medium finish and full of flavor. Highly recommend. (94 pts.)

2006 Dr. Loosen Wehlner Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling $$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Mineral, honey, apple

Taste:  Slate, honey, nice acidity, crisp

Finish:  Medium with slate, honey, sour apples

Evaluation:  Slate as in Terroir here.  A great before dinner sipper or try with some fresh fish.  92 points

2006 Dr. Loosen "Dr. L" Estate Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Slate, honey

Taste:  Crisp, acidic, honey suckles, apple

Finish:  Medium with a nice balance to the wine.

Evaluation:  Buy a six pack for your next party.  88 points

2006 Polka Dot Pfalz Riesling $

Color:  Light not the best clarity

Nose:  Mineral, honey

Taste:  Sweet but the sour component is disjointed.  Not concentrated

Finish:  Mineral and unbalanced

Evaluation:  A very poorly made wine.  78 points

2006 Urban Mosel Saar Ruwer Riesling QBA $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Peach, mineral, pear

Taste:  Sweet with mineral, pear, and peach

Finish: Medium and balanced

Evaluation:  Summer time wine.  88 points

2006 Villa Wolf Pfalz Gewurztraminer $

Color: Medium gold

Nose:  Floral, mineral

Taste:  Dry wine with floral, mineral, nice fruit

Evaluation:  Solid and nice dry example of Gewurztraminer 86 points

 

2007

2007 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Tangerines, lemon, floral

Taste:  Delicious with tangerines, lemon, slate, grapefruit, floral with a touch of sweetness

Finish:  Medium and really concentrated and balanced

Evaluation:  One of the best Kabinett wines I have ever had 94 points

2007 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Aromatic with petrol, floral, honey, peaches

Taste:  Sweet and tangy with honey suckles, peach cobbler, raspberries, honey dew melon and great minerality

Finish:  Medium but concentrated up front with several descriptors above present

Evaluation:  Ager!  This wine will improve in 4 to 10 years.  Second day it was much better and my experience with Christoffel is that day 3 will be better. 92 points

2007 Donnhoff Nahe Riesling $$

Color: Light gold

Nose:  Slate, grapefruit, pear

Taste:  Sweet/ Sour with mineral, grapefruit, pear

Finish:  Medium with an initial burst of grapefruit and mineral

Evaluation:  One of the best Qba wines in Germany 89 points

2007 Gysler Weinheimer Rheinhessen Kabinett $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Floral, mineral

Taste:  Too sweet with floral and mineral

Finish:  Sweet out of balance

Evaluation:  Much better out there 85 points

2007 St. Urbans Hof Ockfener Bockstein Spatlese Riesling $$

Color: Medium gold

Nose:  Straw, honey, pineapple, slate

Taste:  Sweet with mineral, peach, honey, pear, straw

Finish:  Complex but short with a variety of pleasing flavors featuring peach

Evaluation: Great Vintage and another solid effort from Urbans Hof 93 points

2007 St. Urbans-Hof Mosel-Saar-Ruwer  Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett Riesling $$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Floral, slate, Petrol

Taste:  Sweet, slate, floral, petrol, peach

Finish: Short with a heavy slate quality

Evaluation:  Not in the same league as the 07 Spatlese from Urbans 87 points

2007 Dr. Loosen "Dr. L" Mosel Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Apple, pear, mineral

Taste:  Apple, pear, slate, honey

Finish:  Great acidity with peach, pear, slate, honey

Evaluation:  Wonderful wine!  90 points

2007 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling $$$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Apricots, peach, slate

Taste:  Slate, apricots, peach, pear

Finish:  Shorter but flavorful

Evaluation:  Really nice wine 91 points

2007 Reuscher-Haart Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett Riesling $$

Color:  Medium gold

Nose:  Intense with slate, pear, lemon

Taste:  Concentrated with slate, lime, lemons and pear

Finish:  A nice touch of sweetness and really balanced wine with solid acidity

Evaluation:  This is a steal at $15 a bottle 90 points

2007 Paul Anheuser Kreuznacher Scheurebe Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Mineral, peach, honey

Taste:  Semi sweet with peach, slate, and graham cracker

Finish:  Medium with slate, peach, and a nice, crisp acidic quality

Evaluation:  Solid everyday Riesling 88 points

2007 Jakob Schneider Qba Liter Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Citrus, mineral

Taste:  Dry wine with mineral, and citrus

Finish:  Medium and mineral and citrus dominated

Evaluation:  Solid everyday wine 85 points

2007 Hoffman-Simon Mosel Qba Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Mineral, pear

Taste:  Mineral, pear, some sweetness

Finish:  Short

Evaluation: Decant everyday wine 85 points

2007 Starling Castle Pfalz Riesling $

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Straw

Taste:  Sweet

Finish:  Short and sweet

Evaluation:  Terrible wine 75 points

2007 Starling Castle Pfalz Gewurztraminer $

Color:  Light

Nose:  ?

Taste:  Some fruit

Finish:  Short

Evaluation:  70 points

2007 J. & H.A. Strub Soil to Soul Rheinhessen Kabinett $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose: Mineral, grapefruit

Taste:  Some sweetness with mineral, grapefruit, and floral

Finish:  Good acid on this medium finish

Evaluation:  Well made 87 points

2007 Villa Wolf Ffaltz Pinot Gris $

Color:  Light

Nose:  Mineral, orange peel

Taste:  Light with mineral, orange peal, nut

Finish:  Light and refreshing

Evaluation:  Better then most Italian Pinot Grigio's 88 points

2008 Dillman Delight Rheinhessen Riesling $

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Nothing

Taste:  Water and some fruit

Finish: Water and some fruit

Evaluation:  Worst of 2010 60 points

2008 Dr. Loosen "Dr. L" Mosel Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold

Nose:  Apple, pear, mineral

Taste:  Apple, pear, slate, honey

Finish:  Great acidity with peach, pear, slate, honey

Evaluation:  Wonderful wine!  90 points

2008 Hexamer Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg Riesling Quarzit - Germany, Nahe (3/2/2010)
Simple but good. Sweet and shows floral, honey and peach on the palate. Medium finish. (88 pts.)

2008 Theo Minges Riesling Pfalz - Germany, Pfalz (3/2/2010)
A water downed effort that shows some honey and mineral notes. Dr. L please. (80 pts.)

2008 Selbach-Oster Riesling Saar Spatlese - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (3/2/2010)
Floral, honey and apricots on the nose. Taste sweet with honey and floral dominating. Medium finish. Nothing to write home about. (86 pts.)

2008 St. Urbans Hof Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Riesling $$

Color:  Light gold
Nose: Wow for a Qba with apricots, lemons, minerals

Taste:  Minerals, lemons, limes, apricots and beautiful sour tastes

Finish:  Medium and concentrated

Evaluation:  Best Qba to date 91 points

2008 Willi Schaefer Riesling Estate QbA - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
Slightly sweet with a spritz quality. Features apple, pears, peaches and minerals. A nice QbA wine. (89 pts.)

 

 

 

 

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