2002 Bert Simon Serriger Würtzberg Riesling Auslese (Previously $39)

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92 points Wine Spectator: "Like a cross between key lime pie and peach cobbler in flavor, then the mineral note comes in cleansing the finish and reminding you that this comes from slate. Vibrant and long, it expresses a sense of place. Drink now through 2015." With a vineyard incline of up to 75% and a soil structure made up of red and blue slate with a sizable amount of sandstone and mixed clay the Würtzberg (spice hill) is a special site all in itself. It produces wines that are racy, high toned and mineral driven on the aromatic and the front of the palate and yet textured and layered through the middle and finish all the while having an integrated acidity which is juicy and mouthwatering. The slate really kicks through the nose on this and is softened up with a peach pit richness, a touch of citrus cream and a finish of fresh peach pie crust. To be honest, it reminded me of my grandmother's peach pie - the best pie ever! (Eric Story)

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 By: Sonny G |  Review Date: 11/5/2010 
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Clear, day bright, pale lemon yellow...citrusy note with what I detect to be a bit of botrytis and a slightly unpleasant sulphur note...

The palate reminds me of being a kid in a candy store; sweet, clean, fruity, and tangy...the botrytis from the nose is confirmed as a honey sweetness...there is also a tangy, candy like flavor that reminds me of a bag of Jolly Ranchers, I also get a sort of key lime note...this is all supported by a floral note, some watermelon, and a bit of minerality...

The finish is long and complex; a bit floral, stony, slightly steely...with a lemondrop/candied lemonpeel flavor and a crisp pomarrosa note...

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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.
Country:

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:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer