2001 Bollig-Lehnert Dhroner Hofberger Riesling Auslese Mosel

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About the producer: "We are very fortunate to be owners of some of the very best Vineyards on this part of the Mosel valley. Handed down from generation to generation the Bollig & Lehnert-Matheus families were indeed able to produce, even as far back as a hundred & fifty years ago first-class wines from many choice wine-growing areas. Each Wine-Growing area has of course its own TOTALLY individual character! – this is due to the elementary and distinct differences in the soil – which in turn provides each wine with its own characteristic flavour."

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Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2016 | Send Email
Speaking of higher sugar levels, the 2001 Auslese Riesling from Bollig-Lehnert offers tons of it without being cloying, in large part thanks to the advancing age of the wine. Still youthful in color, but starting to show great honeyed notes and a decidedly earthy tone, this remarkable achievement makes for a classic pairing with braised meats or roasted fowl. It is rich and sweet, but also savory and powerful. If you can’t quite bring yourself to take the leap of faith and serve a sweeter wine with the main dish, don’t forget that the high-toned acid here also makes this wine a fabulous palate cleanser to break up multiple courses.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2016 | Send Email
The 2001 Bollig Lehnert Auslese Riesling is vibrant, complex and sophisticated all at once. Off-dry notes of melon, mango and pineapple contrast the subtle-but-present petrol flavor to give a smoky, grilled fruit expression. And you know that a bottle this well aged has great acid structure to lend vibrancy and balance to the richness. I was all but ready to blow my tax refund on a bottle of this until I realized I wouldn’t have to! This bottle is under $20!

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- 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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