2002 Carl Schmitt-Wagner Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Kabinett

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Bruno Schmitt-Wagner is one of the sweetest men I have met, you can immediately see it in his eyes the passion and commitment he has to his vines and his wines. Here is a man who has been among the same vines his entire life and with no regret from what I can tell. I have visited the Estate a few times now and each time I leave thinking the same thing: that these are some of the most distinctive and purely delicious Rieslings in the Mosel hands down and they improve for many, many, many years. Bruno has on each occasion pulled up some really amazing old bottles and made us guess the vintages blind, I am always guessing too young, like a Kabinett I guessed was from the late eighties which turned out to be a 1966. Oh well, you can win them all. Take note of this previously un-released Kabinett from a cask that was bottled late. Here we have a Kabinett from ungrafted vines over 100 years old directly on the Mosel with lots of slate and some red clay and sandstone for good measure. My answer is "yes please" Terry Theise says "First Offering: There is no Kabinett in 2006, as indeed there should not be. This is a cask bottled late, and by the time I saw it I was persuaded we should offer the then-current 2003 Kab. Now this one has 4-5 years of bottle-age and is just coming into its own. Who will want it, I wonder? It isn't "the new vintage" but it happens, however inconveniently, to taste wonderful. SOS: 1 (6-27 years)"

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