2002 Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Auslese (500ml)

SKU #1005535 93 points Wine Spectator

 Clear and well-defined, with an underlying mineral element, this shows a lot of terroir, along with moderate sweetness and apricot and nectarine flavors. Very harmonious and supple. (BS)  (3/2004)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sporting a Beerenauslese nose of candied grapefruits, botrytis and smoke, the 2002 Riesling Auslese Rudesheimer Berg Rottland displays faint scents of sweet green onions. Bergamots (the pear shaped oranges that are used to perfume Earl Grey tea) and loads of noble rot can be discerned in this feminine, lush, soft, and powerful wine’s personality. Medium-bodied, it has lovely precision as well as balance. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. (PR)  (2/2004)

K&L Notes

According to Terry Theise: "100% healthy botrytis, and recently bottled when I saw it; nose of szechuan spareribs, salt and duck sauce. The botrytis is somewhat blatant but there seems to be material enough to support it. Botrytis is volatile; after bottling it’s often all you can smell. Johannes recalls the wine from cask and says I’ll hate myself if I pass it by. Why on earth would I doubt him?"

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