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2007 Emmerich Knoll Riesling Smaragd Vinothekfullung
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008

($123) Medium green-yellow. Delicate blossom honey and inviting apricot jam comprise a youthfully coy nose. Juicy and elegant on the palate, with spicy botrytized notes of honey and pumpernickel. Quite creamy in texture, with the wine's luscious residual sweetness nicely leavened by vibrant acidity and abundant minerality. Salty minerals and spicy fruit linger long on the finish. Although this wine is much more approachable than the Schutt today, it is no less capable of aging. Drink now to 2022.

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