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2001 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese
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1 star Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2002

($28) As so often in 2001, only a few degrees Oechsle separate this Auslese from the Spatlese from the same site. And in fact I find this wine more pronounced in its faintly bitter apple pit suggestions and friskier in its acids, so that the overall effect is drier. The nose seems to be in hiding, but the flavors gather momentum on the palate, ending with a rush of apple jelly, apple pit, and nut oils. This massively concentrated wine is one to revisit. 1 star.

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