2008 Ökonomierat Rebholz Vom Buntsandstein Riesling Spätlese Trocken (Dry)
On the racy side, with expressive white peach, pear and grapefruit flavors. This has good depth and balance for the category, with a cleansing aftertaste. Best from 2011 through 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Riesling Spatlese trocken Vom Buntsandstein S – from the Im Sonnenschein, and on whose label “Spatlese” as already taken a back seat small letters, while the letter ‘S’ will remain in larger print – is as lemony bright and brisk in aroma and palate presence as its Kabinett counterpart, but along with its sprinkling of diverse herbs comes a savory salinity and a formidable intensity of inner mouth esters as well as a penetrating finish. What’s more, at only 12% alcohol, it reflects the levity and refreshment that are its vintage’s fortes yet possesses an alluringly silken texture. But we aren’t going to succeed in capturing this character – which is typical 2008 – every year, cautions Rebholz. He then adds (echoing many growers in numerous countries) that one of the reasons I moved to biodynamics in 2005 was in the hope of achieving a different sort of ripening, perhaps an earlier ripening, and braking the accumulation of sugar. I would tentatively plan to enjoy this S over the next 4-6 years. (DS)