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2003 Selbach Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese
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no stars Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2005

($37) Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, cassis, baked apple and honey. Spiced, baked apple, tropical fruit and rich nut oils on the palate. This really displays density without weight. Impeccably balanced and firmly shaped, without the overt sweetness of so many 2003s and with a lovely clarity of finish that lets you perceive the nutty-stony essence of this site. There was more botrytis here, says Selbach, than in most of his Auslesen. (A more freshly fruited "one-star" Domprobst Auslese was much less expressive and was tripped up a bit by bitterness.) 2 stars.

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