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2003 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Beerenauslese (half bottle)
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Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2005

($138; for 375 ml.) Peach jam, maple candy, malt, white raisin and lemon rind dominate the aromas and flavors of this imposingly rich riesling. Faintly smoky and radish-like notes suggest the advanced degree of shriveling. While not deficient in acidity, and possessing a salty mineral note, this wine's sheer sweetness makes it tough to appreciate at this stage. On the other hand, sheer density and length make it impossible not to be believe in its positive long-term evolution. 1 star.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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