2011 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spätlese
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.
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.
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.
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.