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2003 Ratzenberger Bacharacher Posten Riesling Spatlese Halbtrocken
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no stars Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2005

Posten is a dry site even in normal years, so the crop here had to be drastically reduced in 2003. The nose displays apple, yellow plum and white peach, and on the palate the wine is creamy, polished and sedate, but with a striking clarity and purity of fruit and a long finish with a subtle hint of blackberry joining the orchard fruits. 1 star.

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German vintners and Germany's wine law have often been their own worst enemies, and consumers understandably bemoan the unintelligibility of the labels as well as the mediocre quality of so many commercial-grade wines. It is a shame if this situation acts as a barrier to appreciating some of the world's most distinctive and versatile wines.
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The Riesling grape may scare away some wine novices. In Germany, where the grape reaches its finest expression, labels hew to a rigid, abstruse set of classifications, leaving newcomers with little idea what they may be looking at. Furthermore, many wine drinkers' early experiences with sweet wines from Germany (think Blue Nun), have not been especially rewarding. We say that it's your loss if you continue to fear the...
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