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2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett
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2 stars Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2002

($24) Sassafras, lime and grapefruit aromas. In the mouth there is concentration of flavor and creaminess of texture inimitably and intriguingly allied to a delicacy of touch. Cherry fruit of almost pinot noir dimension emerges on the palate. A faint hint of vanilla and caramel lends a '75-ish aspect, which was to prove a significant common denominator at Christoffel this year. Bright citrus, raw red fruits, smoky slate and subtle vanilla cream all hang together in a long, intricate finish. "I sold many an Auslese back in the '80s that were not as good as these 2001 Kabinetts," says Christoffel. 2 stars.

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About Germany

German vintners and Germany's wine law have often been their own worst enemies, and consumers understandably bemoan the unintelligibility of the labels as well as the mediocre quality of so many commercial-grade wines. It is a shame if this situation acts as a barrier to appreciating some of the world's most distinctive and versatile wines.
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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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