2001 Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Harvested at 104 Oeschle and fermented to 8% alcohol, the nutmeg, Japanese melon, and tangerine-scented 2001 Riesling Spatlese Rudesheimer Berg Schlossberg impressively contrasts richness with delineation. Juicy apples, spicy botrytis, white peaches, and hints of tropical fruits emerge from its dense, concentrated core. This extracted, powerful, lush offering has enormous density yet retains the vintage's tell-tale purity and focus. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Melony, peachy fruit, a creamy texture and pungent spice and smokiness all point to the complete botrytization of the fruit here. The finish is explosively rich in spice, citrus, honey and pit fruits, yet brings along a note of slate minerality. Where the Roseneck Spatlese is ultimately cool in fruit character, this is almost overheated, as though the fruit and botrytis were trapped in a greenhouse. As the wine opens over time, it clarifies its mineral depth and fruit diversity. Potential 2 stars.
According to Terry Theise: "Surrealistic nose. 104 Oechsle, with pure healthy botrytis. A stunning amalgam of mineral and malt; sesational length; kinetic, galvanically penetrating and precise; so intense you almost can't absorb the complexity. Only Catoir's and Donnhoff's Rieslings have ever gone here. Stunningly great Rheingau wine."