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2009 Weingut (Josef) Hirsch Riesling Heiligenstein

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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2011

Medium green-yellow. Inviting, complex aromas of ripe vineyard peach, delicate blossom honey and fresh orange zest. A chiseled mineral structure elegantly frames juicy apricot and peach flavors, with a lemony nuance providing lift. This delicate and impeccably balanced wine finishes with superb persistence and should have outstanding aging potential. Drink 2014 to 2024.

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