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Trockenbeenrenauslese Ortega Blend 2018

What a delicious sweet wine from Germany.

Showing honey, yellow apples, apricots, tropical fruits, pineapples, citrus and spices.

Medium plus in body with high acidity and long finish.

Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food like cheeses.

This is a great sipping wine for dessert.

A blend of 50% Ortega, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Scheurebe.

7.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$15 (375 ml).
— 7 days ago

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Nice. Love a good TBA. And the price for that is awesome.
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I totally agree with you @MaJ CappS

Emrich-Schönleber

Lay Monzinger Halenberg Erste Lage Riesling 2004

The trifecta - 2004, Lay (coolest plot of Halenberg), and magnum! This is pinnacle level stuff. Took its time to open up, but when it did... Mind-altering! The nose was wonderfully complex right from the start. Evolved from smokey stone fruit aromas, to a tropical fruit basket with biscuit-like tones, to more salinity and fresh cut herbs, and finally to a mix of dried citrus with deep calcerous minerality and woody herbs. Crazy. Closed till the end of the bottle, but the balance was undeniable from the get-go. Perfectly integrated acidity, highly concentrated, juicy yellow stone fruits, deep minerality, and endless finish. As SC puts it, at its first peak now, but needs another 10 years to show its best. — 11 days ago

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Egon Müller

Scharzhofberger Kabinett Riesling 2011

Continuing the 2011 extravaganza with this light Spatlese. That's right! I didn't get it wrong... It's a light Spat. Too powerful and sweet to be a kabi in my opinion, but as a Spat - Glorious! The tug and pull between sugar and acid is at a deadlock. Brilliantly balanced. The nose is spicy, herbal, floral, and very typical of Egon. The palate is crystalline. Like sucking on a piece of slate that was used to cut lime, then rubbed with mango and preserved lemons. To finish, take a bite of the juiciest peach, then lick some rock salt. The finale is long, smooth, and begs for you to take another swig. Gone in no time at all! — 7 days ago

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Juliane Eller

Juwel Riesling 2016

Intensely mineral, this is not a Riesling that showcases fruit. It’s quite demanding but in a good way. Would be amazing with Asian dishes featuring sweet and sour flavors. — 14 days ago

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Joh. Jos. Prüm

Goldkapsel Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2011

Last weekend turned out to be a 2011 extravaganza and thankfully, a rather pleasant one. Not my favourite vintage in Europe, with the Mosel churning out many wines that could occupy higher pradikat levels than stated. Nevertheless, the best examples had a ripe delicacy, showing lightness and freshness within the opulence. That was just exactly what the Prum GK portrayed - rich and earthy notes wrapped in crackling acidity. Pure aromas of mango, peach, orange, fresh quince, and cream, with a light honey note and lovely floral qualities. The palate manages to remain very juicy, despite the ripeness and botrytis. Immense weight and finish, as expected of a GK. Complains? I felt the botrytized notes could have come off a little cleaner on the palate. There is slightly too much musky-savoury element, although it does not disrupt the freshness of the wine. MO also detected a slight bitterness in the finish and she felt the minerality could be more pronounced, both points I don't really agree with but hey... she's got a better palate than me. — 10 days ago

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Weingut Keller

Kirchspiel Riesling 2014

Thought it was 07' Hubacker in our blind. Felt too opulent and a touch warm. Perhaps a bit advanced too, but not in a bad way - it has shed a lot of it's suphidic characters on the nose. I also thought it might have been made in KP's older style, with that monster extract. Nevertheless, this wine was restrained by searing acidity and ruthless minerality. Very exotic and spicy on the nose and palate, with an intriguing gingery finish. The taste lingers for ages. Powerful as it may be, the 14' Kirchspiel still manages to remain fresh and lifted. If I'm being really honest with myself, this isn't my favourite iteration of Kirchspiel but it was still enjoyable. Probably needs time to bring it more balance. — 4 days ago

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Dönnhoff

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).
— 20 days 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.

Winzerhof Thörle

Probstey Spätburgunder 2016

Lyle Fass
9.6

Stunning perfume. Wow. Raspberry, deep blackberry, black cherry, but even though a very red fruit vibe. Hugely floral and so expressive. Amazing mineral soil tones. Wafting. Floral. A treat to smell. Amazing purity to the fruit. High quality here. Stunning palate of great depth, energy and density. Amazing tiny berry fruit quality here with precision that is really compelling. Beautiful sweetness and so linear. Straight. Really long, intense and very flavorful finish. Like the best sweet tart ever. Really compelling character. Unreal concentration and power but so beautiful. This is super profound. Wow. Amazing quality tannins and just ridiculous fruit. What a finish. Still can age and will likely get better the next 4-5 years. But this is thrill a minute drinking right now. — 4 days ago

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Winzerhof Thörle

Saulheimer Kalkstein Spätburgunder 2015

Lyle Fass
9.4

This is smoking as soon as it’s poured. A few years of age on the great Pinot Ortsweine can do wonders. Bright and deep raspberry and black raspberry along with a complex citrusy note. Loads of woodsy aromas, woodland berry, spice and a big mineral element but is in the background as the fruit is popping on the nose. Palate is hauntingly great. Amazing supple and elegant mouthfeel but with a brilliant red cherry, cranberry, pure and grippy fruitset. Also a hit of citrus. You don’t get that in Burgundy. And it’s really distinctive but adds so much. Smaller 2015’s are so good right. Velvety and ripe tannins that are so pure and fresh and pump the fruit and taper off. Hit of spice as well on the finish is truly great and present 2015 acidity. What a great showing. — 4 days ago

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Wagner-Stempel

Riesling EMT trocken

Very rare GG from the oldest parcels in Heerkretz which Daniël Wagener has bought from the Emt family. This 2016 is a real baby but the potential is enormous. Only few hundred bottles every year. — 17 days ago

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Good stuff