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2002 Weingut Kunstler Hochheimer Kirchenstuck Riesling Spatlese
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no stars Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2004

Peach, pear and lemon oil aromas. Bright and citric but also creamy in texture and rich in orchard fruits on the palate. Quite expressive and long. 1 star.

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