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Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Spätlese Riesling 2005

Delicious nose of lime blossoms that blows off for the perfect drinking this out of a plastic watering can vibe. Great acid. Great length. Balance! Youth! Such good sweet wine. — 14 days ago

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Nahe Trocken Riesling 2018

Beyond luscious. Could drink for days. — a month ago

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Agreed. Always a good bet.

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Kreuznacher Kahlenberg trocken Riesling 2017

Mineral driven Starbright dry Riesling; everything you could want from this region and this grape!! Had with local fish, green pea salsa verde & couscous! — 2 months ago

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Nice photo

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Nahe Riesling 2018

A little extra concentration and pointed acidity this vintage. And the usual bucket of yellow cherries and tangerines. — 11 days ago

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Felsenberg Großes Gewächs Riesling 2015

Young and needs a bit more time. I decanted it about an hour before dinner. Beautiful wine with laser focus. Went very nicely with the fare at our annual Oktoberfest dinner, but it still needs to resolve the balance with its lovely acidity. Can’t wait to revisit this in a few years. Right up my alley... — a month ago

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Oberhäuser Brücke GG Riesling Trocken 2018

Wish I could tell you that I tasted the TBA, but silly me (and CW) decided we'd wait until we've tasted all the drier wines before moving on to this... then poof! None left. Sigh. Heard that it's amazing though and the hammer price seems to indicate so - 1020€ 0.375L, 2750€ 0.75L, and 18000€ 1.5L. Insane!

As for the GG, that I did taste. Again, take my notes with a grain of salt given how brief the occasion was. Very fruit driven, ranging from yellow stone fruits to exotic fruits, both on the nose and palate. Nose is beautifully touched by herbal notes. Noticeable sweetness on the palate. Excellent acidity, but I felt the finish was somewhat muted by a touch of warmth in the finish. Needs time to bring more balance. I thought it was a good GG, but trumped by the 18' ADL that it was tasted with on both occasions. 200€ 0.75L

NB: The usual suspects (at least for me) delivered the best dry rieslings at the Nahe VDP auctions. Some brief notes and in order of my favourites:

1) Emrich-Schonleber 18' Auf der Lay: My wine of the auction. Such a beautiful nose - Stone fruits, citrus, just the right amount of greenness (fresh cut herbs and grass), and a real chalky feel. The palate is just so saline, intense, deep, and balanced. Amazing drive. Almost as good as the 17'! 270€ 1.5L and 720€ 3.0L

2) Philipp Kuhn 18' Philippsbrunnen: Wow wow! Surprise of this auction. Precise, elegant, juicy, and so mineral. The nose is airy and cool. Multi-layered palate with sufficient extract. Gentle power comes to mind with this wine. I absolutely adored it and definitely one of the best buys this auction. 105€ 0.75L

3) Keller 18' Pettenthal: What can I say? The terroir is just so strong (taste any producer producing Pettenthal and you'll know) and KP does a great job at turning up the dial to 150%! Admittedly, the doesn't have the electricity of the 17' :( 800€ 0.75L

4) Wagner-Stempel 18' EMT: Better than the 17' I feel, but definitely still on the austere side. Some noticeable phenolics on the palate, but the density and depth is just plain impressive. Excellent value if you ask me. 100€ 0.75L

Lastly, something needs to said about the Wittmann La Borne and Battenfeld-Spanier Zellertal Kreuzberg - I don't get why people are paying so much for these wines (270€ and 210€ respectively).
— 2 months ago

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@Aaron Tan Thanks for the excellent summation of these young Rieslings.
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@Bob McDonald 😁 The auctions are a great way to sort of check in on producers and how they did in the vintage I feel.

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Felsenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Riesling 2018

Very dry. An excellent Riesling would buy again. — 4 days ago

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Grauburgunder Trocken 2017

Did not taste but ladies loved it. — a month ago

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Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Spätlese Riesling 2017

Beautiful and elegant, floral, apricots, pear, crisp apple, sweet — 2 months ago

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Nahe Dry Riesling 2017

Donnhoff family came to Nahe region over 200 years ago, today, Helmut Donnhoff has been making wine since 1971. Aromas of ripe stone fruits and flinty notes. On the palate pronounced aromas of apples and peaches with zippy acidity and bright mineral tones. Medium finish ending with fresh mineral character. Nice value. — 2 months ago

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