2015 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Yellow/green in color.  The nose has wet stones/minerals.  Also some peach qualities.  Really explodes from the glass.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Lots of depth.  Nice minerality.  A lot of 2015's have shut down but this one was open for business about 20 minutes after popping the cork.  Would work well with lighter foods or also spicy foods.  Still young (of course), this wine probably has two decades left.  At under $20, this is a screaming good deal.  

2002 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

An Internet wine friend passed away this week.  Although I never met him in person, we shared many discussions usually about German wines.  He took amazingly detailed notes.  This bottle was opened among people who knew him and shared with others with a toast.  AP 2 602 041 008 03.  Bought on release at a local wine store in Moreland Hills, Ohio (since changed ownership and moved).  The cork came out easily enough.  Medium golden in color.  The nose took a minute to blow off some bottle age, then showed nicely.  A slight diesel note along with wet rocks and slight pineapple.  On the palate,

2012 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Light golden in color.  The nose is very nice with wet stones and slight peach.  Clean and without diesel.  On the palate, this is mineral drive.  Delicious.  Some peach.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  Food friendly.  Showing some complexity as it opens in the glass.  The wine is drinking great now but should continue to evolve and probably improve over the next five to ten years.  

2013 Markus Molitor Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel ***, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

Light golden in color.  Wonderful nose of minerals, simple syrup, honey and slight pineapple.  On the palate, pears and minerals.  This is sweet but not what I might have expected.  Just about what I wanted though.  Great acidity.  Long finish.  Its light on its feet yet intense.  Lovely wine that has some upside.  

2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Germany, Mosel - Wine Review

Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+

Wow.  For some reason, the JJ Prum 2015 wines have not shut down.  This one is amazing.  It will get better as well and probably has 50 years of great drinking ahead.  One of the truly great wines out there and when one factors in price, there are not many better values.  This was from a 375ml bottle.  Light golden in color.  The nose is clean with minerals, wet rocks and slight peach and grapefruit.  On the palate, this is sweet, not cloying.  Great acidity.  More about minerals but some stone fruit.  Deep and contemplating.  Long finish.  Spectacular.  

2015 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel - Wine Review

Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

Wow.  This bottle is probably still on the retail shelves for under $25.  It is amazing.  Everyone at the table was oohing and ahhing over it.  And it has decades of life left if you can keep your hands off.  Light golden in color.  The nose is awesome.  Pineapple, minerals, slight peach and what I thought was thyme (?).  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Amazing energy.  Wonderful texture; slightly oily slightly sinewy with juicy acidity.  Long finish.  Served with fried pickles stuffed with pub cheese and chiplote mayo (a very difficult match) this handled it in stride and was aweso

1996 Martin Müllen Kröver Letterlay Riesling Spätlese halbtrocken, Germany, Mosel, - Wine Review

Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

I opened this to show a friend how well that Rieslings can age.  A mostly dry Riesling from 1996 and it was beautiful.  Golden in color, slightly deep.  The nose is clean with just a bare whiff of petrol.  There was grapefruit peel, slight lemon notes and "wet rocks".  On the palate, it was rich and tasted dry but perhaps a bit of residual sugar left.  Nice round texture but enough acidity to easily cut through it.  Long finish.  It begs for food and rewards the food nicely.  

2003 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This was purchased at the winery.  Pop and pour.  Served at about 62F.  Golden, slightly deep, in color.  The nose is clean with pineapple and slight wet rocks.  No petrol.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet and given the style and vintage, not nearly as sweet as expected.  That's a good thing.  On the other hand, a bit more acidity would have improved the wine to the next level.  That said, plenty of apples, a bit of pineapple and nice minerality.  Good texture.  No real sign of age and it should easily go another 20 and probably more.  Went great with an assortment of cheeses.  

Crisp and Refreshing Summer White Wines by Broadbent, Dr. Loosen, and Spy Valley

Wines to Go Buy This Week: Crisp and Refreshing Summer White Wines by Broadbent, Dr. Loosen, and Spy Valley The dog days of August are upon us and we have but a few weeks remaining before hot summer nights give way to crisp autumn leaves. This summer has been brutally hot for most of the US -though not too bad here in San Francisco, though September tends to be our hot month, if "hot" and "San Francisco" can actually be used in the same sentence- and I've had the great pleasure of discovering some fantastic white wines that are both tasty and refreshing for those hot nights. So before summer ends, here are three white wines to go buy this week : Broadbent Vinho Verde - Vinho Verde is a staple of Portuguese culture. Translated it means "Green Wine" which refers to its youthful freshness. It's a low-alcohol, light, crisp, and slightly effervescent wine that is about as close to perfection as a summer wine can be. Broadbent makes a fantastic Vinho Verde and at about $9 a bottle, it's worth buying a case to serve at your Labor Day picnic. Your guests will love it. About $9. Buy Broadbent Vinho Verde

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