93 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2011
($135) Full red-ruby. Succulent raspberry, vanilla and brown spices on the nose. Full in body but elegant in spite of its richness, with hugely deep blackberry fruit and a strong personality. Finishes impressively long, with ripe, palate-caressing tannins.
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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