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2009 Sankt Urbanshof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Beerenauslese (half bottle)
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2011

($170; for 375 ml.) Deep golden yellow. Perfumed aromas of pear preserves, wild honey and clove embedded in layers of smoky botrytis. Complex in the mouth, with a flavor of candied apricot studded with lime peel, and brown spices thrown in for good measure. Tightly coiled and yet already immensely pleasing, this beerenauslese boasts outstanding depth and length, not to mention aging potential.

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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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