2005 Egon Müller (Le Gallais) Wiltinger Braune Kupp Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Auction (AP 07) Saar (375ml)

SKU #1283422 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another auction lot (A.P. #7), and one of only two bottlings from this site, the 2005 Wiltinger Braune Kupp Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule smells of plum preserves and lily with a pungent nip of fresh ginger and wood smoke. Vibrant and invigorating on the palate and strikingly creamy in texture, it layers fresh plum, spiced plum preserve, lime, and floral essences. The clarity, refinement and penetration of fruits, flowers, spice, and salty minerality displayed in the finish here is breathtaking. Almost inevitably, it will count as a relative bargain as well, because Muller’s wines from Le Gallais, however outstanding, virtually always achieve prices at auction significantly lower than those of comparable Scharzhofberger. (DS)  (10/2006)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Rich golden yellow. Full-blown aromas of yellow plum, mango and candied dates waft over botrytis notes of nutmeg and clove. Rich and unctuously creamy on the palate, with a flavor of honey-glazed pineapple and a breathtakingly salty minerality.Polished, high-toned and extraordinarily long on the aftertaste. (JP)  (1/2007)

K&L Notes

From Mosel Fine Wines for their 10 year retrospective tasting: "This yellow-colored wine delivers a stunningly fresh and open nose of grapefruit, honey, herbs and spices wrapped into quite some volatile acidity. The wine has the oily and zesty texture of an Eiswein on the palate, and leaves a complex, multi-layered, rich yet completely focused and precise feel in the finish. Sounds like a complex sentence? It is the best attempt to try to do this sensational wine justice. It would have warranted a perfect score was it not been for the noticeable volatile on the nose. But even so, what a beauty! Now-2045" (03/2015)

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