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2003 Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Klosterlay Riesling Kabinett
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Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2005

($20) Pungent citrus and herbal aromas. Like a lime and pineapple sorbet on the palate, with hints of bitter citrus rind, herbs and resin. Very clear and bright in cast, with a recognizably slatey quality, but somewhat overburdened at present by its high residual sugar, which I suspect simply requires some time to integrate. 1 star.

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11/01/2005
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Sweet and full of fruit. Excellent on the tongue with a beautiful finish. Superb summer fare.

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