2011 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10

SKU #1117692 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 “This is the classical Spatlese,” says Willi Schaefer by way of introducing his 2011 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese A.P. #10. A hint of yeastiness largely gives way to seductive scents of rowan and honeysuckle, strikingly mineral suggestions of salinity, alkalinity and wet stone, lightly-poached, vanilla-tinged apple and pear, as well as slightly sweet, pecan and pistachio-like nut oil. The layering of flavors here reminds me of a luscious, buttery, tangy and subtly piquant apple and nut strudel (albeit without raisins – for those, see the A.P. #5) – but a nearly weightless one! The combination of richness with soaring levity and mouthwatering purity of fruit, not to mention interactive complexity promise to persist not only past the point where you can resist the next sip, but also for the next two or three decades.  (4/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Features a broad, appealing mouthfeel, with vibrant flavors of cherry and dark currant that feature plenty of peachy accents. Creamy at midpalate, with a mineral and sea salt finish. Drink now through 2035.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

From Mosel Fine Wines: "91 points. This is quite smoky at first before showing notes of incense, white fruits and tar. The wine then turns to richer flavors of yellow fruits, apricot and honey on the palate. The moderate feel of acidity adds a softer and rounder touch to the wine. Yet, this creamy Spatlese remains delicious and incredibly easy to drink. 2015-2026" (07/2012)

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