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2003 Robert Weil Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese

SKU #1010320 93 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note provided.  (12/2004)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A delicious spätlese, bursting with apricot, orange and vanilla notes, all backed by good acidity. Needs a little time to settle down, but shows elegance, concentration and good length. (BS)  (4/2005)

Jancis Robinson

 Very big, broad and almost more oaky than veg or fruity on the nose. Extremely powerful character. Great confidence - lovely acid level as well as all these broad, ripe, distinctive terroir-influenced characters. Lovely pure acidity and real integrity. 18/20 points (JR)  (6/2004)

K&L Notes

92 points, Mosel Fine Wines: "A discreet yet complex nose of quince, vanilla, lead pencil, fresh herbs and gooseberry gives way to a dynamic and zesty palate. Although this is still noticeable sweet in the after-taste, the overall balance is quite enjoyable, especially for the vintage. Spicy and fresh aromatics kick in and add pleasure to the experience, and the finish is very long. This is a superb Spätlese." (03/2013)


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Varietal:

Riesling

- 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 Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, 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.
Country:

Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.
Sub-Region:

Rheingau