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2005 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Saint Catherine
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Albert Hertz, Eguisheim
About Domaine Weinbach

Domaine Weinbach was established in 1610 by the Capuchin monks who also gave their name to the domaine's most prized vineyard, Clos des Capucins. The estate itself got the name Weinbach--which literally translates to "wine brook"--from a little stream that trickles through the property.

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2005 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Saint Catherine

Producer: Domaine Weinbach
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Riesling
Origin: France
Region: Alsace

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2007

($66; from 62-year-old vines on the midslope) Pale yellow. Powerful stony minerality lifts the aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and citrus rind. Juicy, high-pitched and penetrating, with the powerful mineral character stimulating the salivary glands. This has strong acidity (actually the highest here since '96, notes Laurence Faller) but a touch of sweetness gives it near-perfect balance and prevents it from coming off as hard. The long finish throws off hints of minerals, fresh herbs and mint. This was also bottled in 375 ml. and 1.5 liter format.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Albert Hertz, Eguisheim
About Alsace

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