92 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2013
Delicate floral lift to the aromas of yellow plum, quince and vanilla. A honeyed richness develops over the wine's mineral foundation, providing complexity to go with the brightness. A salty crispness keeps the palate fresh. One of the finest spatleses of the vintage in the Rheingau.
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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