Rheinhessen, Germany

Weingut Keller

Abts E de Riesling 2017

Admittedly not the best showing of the 17' Abtserde, although still delicious. I suspect I may have hurt it somewhere along the line. Incredibly tight when first opened, so I left it to air in the bottle for the next couple of hours (3-4 hours?). Developed a slightly honeyed note in the back palate when I came back to it. Not like it was bad, but it's not something I would attribute to riesling this young, especially from KP. The nose flourished though - very floral with ripe citrus notes, fresh herbs, and earthy rocks (reminiscent of the vineyard itself). The palate was powerful and incredibly saline. Huge extract, balanced by KP's typical precision. I felt the finish was marred by the honeyed note, although still long. Left a little bit in the bottle to try the next day - fruit notes gone by then, replaced by waxy and overwhelmingly saline notes. Good wine, but could be better. — 10 days ago

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Winzerhof Thörle

Saulheimer Kalkstein Riesling 2016

Lyle Fass
9.2

Terrific nose. Gorgeous fruit. Mineral. Melon, ripe apricot, amazing airiness and salinity. Palate is wide open. Crunchy minerals and fruit. Elegant and very pure with lovely citrus fruit. So clean. — 17 days ago

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Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier

Kirchenstück GG Spätburgunder 2017

Lyle Fass
9.6

Unreal wine. Best Battenfeld Pinot GG ever. Unreal nose. Spicey cherries, sour cherries, mid season cherries, hint of cassis, loads of earth, mineral and limestone. Smells like Red Riesling. Palate is just gorgeous. So so so red Riesling. Gorgeous sweet cherry fruit. Caressing. The palate spacious and squeezes gorgeous elegant and ethereal fruit. Mid season cherries galore. Energetic and pure, with stunning balance and depth. So so elegant and clean. Amazing mouthfeel and the most elegant and refined tannins. What a finish. Concentrated and deep with lovely ripe cherry skins lingering on the finish. Just awesome. A masterpiece. After 1 hour this is incredible. Super elegant. Very high qualify stuff. — 23 days ago

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Winzerhof Thörle

Hölle Riesling 2016

Nose is mineral and green apple.

Palate is mineral, lemon pith and green apple. Some yummy kiss of richness.

More a Wine of elegance than the 15.

Bought from fass selections.
— 7 days ago

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Winzerhof Thörle

Hölle Spätburgunder 2017

Lyle Fass
9.6

One of the greatest Pinots in Germany. Just a ridiculous wine. Heaven in a nose. Just so high toned. It’s like a sphere. Spice, limestone, so mineral, some fresh herbs, so so so complex. Sour cherry to medium cherry, pomegranate, cherry flower and ripe dark cherry but only a hint. It’s always changing it’s hard to pin down. Amazing fruit definition. Clarity is just amazing. Mint, tree bark, transcendent. Palate is deep and juicy but also not nearly as open as the nose. It’s transcendent. It’s long. It’s complex. It’s got intense and substantial structure. Insane concentration, depth and power. Sappy and mouth coating fruit and tannin and so complex. Amazing, mineral infused tannins. This is such a fucking great wine. It’s young and in 5-6 years will be epic but this is remarkable shit. The tiny berry fruit intensity is something else. Amazing texture. Almost a hint of creaminess. This is just a sphere of Pinot. Just so focused and linear. Amazing finish. Remarkable. So so so long. The echoes of fruit on the finish are endless. — 23 days ago

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Winzerhof Thörle

Probstey Spätburgunder 2017

Lyle Fass
9.5

Amazing perfume. Sour cherries, red cherries, spice, gorgeous herbals, amazing airy minerality. Smells like a breeze in the cherry grove after a misting of rain. Delicate and substantial. Mesmerizing. Earthy, dusty. Complex. Just a stunning nose. Palate is a work of art. Just the best most pure sour cherry fruit and wonderful, elegant and velvety tannins. Just so complete. Huge acid and structure and amazing sappy and sweet fruit. But so much limestone gives the sweet fruit and savory mineral edge to it. Huge length and density. Really serious wine. Clings to the palate with its extraordinary fruit and palate presence. Just echoes. This is an amazing wine and I think in 5 years will blow some minds. Easily the most promising young Probstey but also one that will need the most time. After some air there is just awesome tiny berry fruit complexity. Explosive. Wow. This is an amazing wine. — 23 days ago

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@Lyle Fass is this still still on offer?
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Gunderloch

Niersteiner Oelberg Eiswein Riesling 2002

Ice wine. Game over baby. The wine shed is clean, only confetti remains on the field, and I the best commercial was Bill Murray in the Jeep Groundhog Day mashup. — 12 days ago

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Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier

Am Schwarzen Herrgott Riesling 2017

Lyle Fass
9.4

Gorgeous wine. Insane nose. Honeyed. Apricot. Insane depth to the aromas. Spice. Some floral elements. So pretty and deep. Palate is a bit tight now as compared to a recent 2018. Seems closed but it’s all there on the lingering honeyed finish. Balanced, pure and complex. Amazing purity. Needs 3-4 years I think. — 19 days ago

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Do you think the hohen sulzen is also closing down?
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@Chris Shultz likely not. That’s young vine Frauenberg and that’s always more playful and open. The Hergott is a bruiser and closes harder. Either drink on release or wait 5-6 years.

P.J. Valckenberg

Wormser Liebfrauenstift Kirchenstuck Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling 1971

Needs a few more hrs to open up. Really cool — 8 days ago

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Marcus Clauß

Trocken Riesling 2009

Vintage 2009 / Oops, I put this bottle away between sweet rieslings. And now... it is ten years old, I would have drunk it earlier. Golden colour, much development. Honey in smell. Balanced taste. Fine drinking. Quite a surprise. Paired it with coquilles. — 21 days ago

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