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2001 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule #12
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2 stars Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2002

Black tea, brown spices, sassafras and baked apple set the aromatic theme here. Creamy on entry, this quickly shows its fine teeth of citricity, setting up a fascinating counterpoint. For all of its baked-in richness, there is still a lovely sense of delicacy, enhanced by a subtle spritz of CO2. The finish is billowing and elegant. "I think this is my favorite Auslese today," says Haag, "because it is so very Mosel." 2 stars.

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