2011 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spätlese

SKU #1111312 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Subtle aromas of lichee, lemon oil and smoked pine nuts. Rich tropical fruit flavors complicated by a hint of smoke on the delicate, vibrant palate. Gentle acidity adds a feminine touch to the sweet, spicy finish. This perfectly balanced spatlese is direct from the handbook and is my call for the finest of the vintage.  (1/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Features an intense minerality, with concentrated flavors of dried fig, peach tart and apricot that are long and rich. The savory elements are joined by ripe citrus notes on the plush finish. Drink now through 2035.  (4/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Luscious nectarine, lime, quince and honeydew melon are tinged with mint and quarry dust on the nose and buoyant, soft, yet infectiously juicy palate of Schafer-Frohlich’s 2011 Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spatlese. Like the corresponding Kabinett, this isn’t the last word in complexity, but it’s so succulent, pure, and persistent that it is likely to remain almost irresistible for the next dozen or more years.  (2/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Gentle white blossom aroma mingles with floral notes and a delicate scent of exotic fruit. On the palate a very juicy acidity moderates the tropical expression. A flinty mineral and a light dusting of spice set mere accents to give top billing to the sweet expression of fruit. Quite approachable already, but with plenty of promise for the patient. 17/20 points.  (6/2012)

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