2008 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett (Previously $17)

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90 points Parker's Wine Advocate: "Succulent lemon and tangerine citricity and saline, wet stone, shrimp shell-like savor, as well as subtle herbs and spices render the Meulenhof 2008 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett as fascinating as it is irresistibly refreshing. A lovely sense of vintage-typical lift is assisted by a considerable measure of residual CO2, yet there is a near-silken texture, too. This finishes with energy, grip and invigoration, and should offer exemplary service – not mention sensational value – over the next decade." (02/10) According to importer Terry Theise: "There are two; #8, already bottled and arriving by the time you read this, and #104, which I tasted as a tank sample. With #8, the rich and heavy-fruited Treppchen aromas are there whereas the structure is tightly wound and coiled –this may have been bottle-shock. The finish lingers and is balanced and proportionate. There’s an almost peppery note. #104 is the lot that’s always crackery, and this one even shows a hint of cloves; it also shows juiciness and dialogue among apple, tarragon and licorice in an animate chatter that resolves into a long finish of quetsch, ginger and mineral. SOS: 1 or 2 (depending on the lot) (6-19 years)"

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