1999 Bert Simon Serriger Würtzberg Riesling Auslese Artist Label 1.5L (Previously $60)

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This is a K&L exclusive and straight from Bert's cellar - "Who Is Afraid Of The Brandenburg Gate" The title was influenced by the artist Barnett Newman Pate and this original "Who is afraid of Yellow, Red and Blue". Mr. Koeppelf's versions of The Brandenburg Gate were done in various styles including Picasso, Miro, Pollock, Rauschenberg, Dali, Mondrian, etc. In this case a 1999 Serriger Wurtzberg Riesling Auslese from the Bert Simon estate was paired with a Paul Klee version of the Brandenburg Gate. A group of wine journalists chose specific wines for the different versions of the Brandenburg Gate. This Riesling Auslese is spicy and presents great richness to the palate with salty minerals on a wide carpet of yellow fruits, especially apricots, along with spicy acidity to add support to a corset of taste. Only 360 magnums were produced with only 120 brought to the United States. For the year 2009, they added a celebration sticker which notes: 1989 - The Wall came tumbling down celebrating 20 years of freedom, creativity and growth in Berlin.

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