2004 Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen Spätlese "303"

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92 points David Schildknecht for Parker's Wine Advocate: The 2004 Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Spatlese “303,” picked in the first week of November near the end of this year’s Spreitzer harvest, was blatantly strutting its stuff... Aromas of ripe peach, mango and orange usher in an oily, creamy, envelopingly rich palate featuring lightly caramelized peach, mango, banana, and plum paste. The finish is an absolute torrent of ripe tropical and orchard fruits, backed by an enormous amount of sweetness. Lock this away for at least a decade unless you have a really sweet tooth, but do latch on to some!" (11/05) "THE WINE OF THE VINTAGE IN THIS COLLECTION...It will seize up a little after bottling, and will likely show Spreitzer‘s typical reduced aromas when you encounter it a few months from now. But believe me, this is deep into Dönnhoff territory, and I haven‘t had a Rheingau Riesling this great in many years.There‘s isn‘t much, so don‘t be mad at me if you miss it. Finest ripe aromas; mirabelle, guava, balsam, cox-orange pippins; it has a Dellchen-like quality of polish and just heart-rending beauty. This week there was a piece in the NY TIMES food section about molés, in which the writer spoke about taking a taste and experiencing a “sudden infusion of silence” and yes, that is it. The flavors and interplay of sweets and salts here stretch from alpha to omega; the finish is never-ending. The finish almost seems to tickle the palate. +++ " Terry Theise, Importer

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.
Sub-Region:

Rheingau