2006 Mönchhof Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese (Elsewhere $40)
92 points Wine Spectator: "Lively and pure, with pear, violet, peach and mineral notes displayed on a creamy texture. Elegant and lively, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2030." 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Monchhof 2006 Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese is typically full of tangerine, orange, sassafras and honey, and typically creamy - except even more so this year. Caramel and nut brittle character wells up on the palate, adding to the sense of richness, and there is also a candied aspect to the citrus fruits. No question this site is inherently inclined toward going over-the-top. A delicate personality appears to want to emerge, but sheer sweetness is holding it down. Still, this is impressive in its confectionary way. It just needs to be held for 8-10 years and will probably then reward an equal additional period of cellaring." (10/08) This Auslese will need some time to unwind, but when it does, look out. The Prälat has a finer underlying structure than the Würzgarten Auslese. It is viscous, with a creamy mouthfeel, great texture, very elegant in style. Picked at 140 Öchsle, it is BA like in form. More yellow fruit characteristics in '06 than the tropical notes found in previous vintages. Cassis, red and yellow peach fruit mix with lime citrus profiles.