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2002 Gunderloch Nackenheimer Rothenberg Riesling Auslese
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no stars Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2004

Like the corresponding Spatlese, this shows a lot of primary yeastiness today. The palate displays pear and apricot nectar with lemon meringue; sweet, rich and slightly oily. An exceptionally long finish of lemon candy, apricot jam and marzipan shows great refinement, delicacy and purity, and sufficiently enlivening and enticing acids. One would hardly guess that the fruit was entirely botrytized. 2 stars.

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