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2001 Ratzenberger Bacharacher Kloster Furstental Riesling Eiswein (half bottle)
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1 star Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2002

and Calvados on the nose. Amazingly dense in the mouth, with aggressive acids relatively well controlled. Nearly inscrutable, but I cannot see this being less than agelessly interesting. The first juice to run from the press was separated out and I did not taste that second Eiswein which has even higher must weight and acidity than this! 1 star.

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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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