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2005 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese ** Mosel

SKU #1026663 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 2005 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese** smells unusually of milk chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, pink grapefruit, and banana. “It’s an exotic one, all right,” Christoffel acknowledges, but he and Eymael say they can’t explain that, and it doesn’t correspond with any noticeable increase in botrytis vis a vis this year’s other Auslesen. Rich, concentrated, and focused on the palate with honey and spice-covered grapefruit, it clings tenaciously with a concoction of citrus, spice, honey, and tropical fruits. This wine departs from the vintage’s usual theme of elegance and refinement. Richness, power, and a certain regal weight are what it’s about. (DS)  (10/2006)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale golden yellow. Lively aromas of pink grapefruit, nutmeg and candied lemon, with a hint of honeyed, high-toned botrytis. Exotic brown spices and honeyed tropical fruits harmonize nicely, with the wine's refined texture conveying a note of creaminess. Rich, unctuous and very long, this is one of the most ample wines in the cellar. (JP)  (1/2007)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Everything about this wine is intense, from the luscious, BA-like ripeness to the powerfully focused acidity and pungent, concentrated sense of minerality. Treat it like a great noble sweet wine, whether you drink it now or, preferably, hold it for decades.  (12/2006)

K&L Notes

According to importer Terry Theise: "More overtly fruity and explicitly slatey; fiendishly concentrated but barely sweet-tasting, and stubbornly long; this deep, clear-headed virtuoso is only just tuning up. SOMMELIER ALERT! SOS: 2 (12-30 years)"

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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.


- 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.