2005 Bert Simon Serriger Herrenberg Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule (Previously $47)

SKU #1073972

95 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and succulent, with lime, peach, cream and mineral flavors and a vibrant structure. Harmonious and multifaceted, combining the ripeness of 2005 with the elegant character of the Mosel. Drink now through 2028." K&L's notes - Bright peach and golden caramel on the nose. The Herrenberg slate character really comes through giving it a fantastic aromatic structure - can't take my nose out of the glass. The silky texture is addicting while the mouth filling fruit character coats every taste bud in your mouth. Bright and clean on the finish. This is just a happy, happy wine! (Eric Story - Buyer) .

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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/22/2011  | Send Email
Bert Simon's wines are built for the long haul. A little bit of bottle age makes a tremendous difference in how well they show so it is fortunate that we have this wine now. This Auslese is just starting to really open. It has incredible notes of honey, apple pie, slatey minerality and a purity of focus with brilliant acidity. I highly recommend buying a few bottles. This is a wine you want to watch evolve over the years. Twenty years will be nothing to this wine. A mind-bender and an incredible steal.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 8