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2004 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese **

SKU #1183466 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Christoffel 2004 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese** is, as usual, designated with two stars to preserve its rightful place in any tasters’ imaginary pecking-orders, otherwise it could as easily be the “no star” Treppchen Auslese, seeing that it is the only one. Aromas of sassafras, lemon oil, and honey lead into a palate of impressive density and vivid brightness, featuring sassafras, candied lemon, grilled pineapple, honey, and toasted walnuts. Here is a wine that exhibits the essence of tiny-berried concentration (with only a quarter to a third botrytis-affected berries) and almost implacable density. Yet it remains so engagingly juicy and refreshing, so brightly, lusciously citric, and so intricate in its interplay of fruit, mineral and botrytis flavors as to be utterly compelling in both its complexity and its sheer drinkability. (DS) Inner quote mark (2/2006)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is shy in aroma yet concentrated and harmonious. The apple, peach and citrus flavors build in the mouth to a long, orange blossom-tinged finish. Not showy, but solid. Best from 2008 through 2025. Inner quote mark (4/2006)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Pale golden yellow. Lively aromas of peach pit, honeysuckle and candied lemon. Bright and spicy, the sweet, plush fruit and velvety texture contributing an impression of creaminess. Herbal essences heighten the pleasing finish. 89(+?) points. Inner quote mark (1/2006)

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