2007 Mönchhof Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese (Elsewhere $45)

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93 points Wine Spectator: "Light-bodied and filigreed, offering apricot, lime and slate flavors that build and build on the palate. There's lovely clarity and harmony, with a lingering orange- and lime-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2035. 100 cases made." (11/08) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Eymael's 2007 Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese is elixir- and liqueur-like in style and intensity, featuring aromas and flavors of tangerine, honeydew melon. But at the same time, there is a rhubarb-like, invigorating tartness woven in that offers a fresh fruit aspect, and a honeyed note signaling discreet but flattering botrytis. This is luscious and satiny yet delicate and buoyant in the best 2007 manner. Hints of salt and licorice add interest to its long finish. It should be worth holding for 15-20 years." (06/09)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2009 | Send Email
Erdener Pralat is one of the top vineyard designations in the Mosel. Robert Eymael, the proprieter, only produces an Auslese level wine from this vineyard. It is rare and absolutely exquisite. The wine has wonderful texture and weight with a filigree fineness to it. It could last a couple of decades in the cellar, but it won't last that long in mine. I'm too inclined to drink it.

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