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1999 Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Deidesheimer Kalkofen Riesling Eiswein (half bottle)
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Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2001

Picked on December 23, this wine is most impressive in its intense aroma of sweet corn, brown spices and honey. The palate is so sweet it pushes almost in a syrupy direction, though time could bring the necessary balance. The finish is pure and long, although overridingly sweet.

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Riesling

The Riesling grape may scare away some wine novices. In Germany, where the grape reaches its finest expression, labels hew to a rigid, abstruse set of classifications, leaving newcomers with little idea what they may be looking at. Furthermore, many wine drinkers' early experiences with sweet wines from Germany (think Blue Nun), have not been especially rewarding. We say that it's your loss if you continue to fear the...
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