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2009 Gunderloch Jean Baptiste Riesling Kabinett

This has a lovely floral nose, magnolia and roses, toffee, and the tiniest hint of petrol. On the palate it is off-dry, with very subtle creamy citrus, more key lime pie than key lime, moving toward apple on the mid-palate, all lightly-honeyed, with an acid background and bright citrus tartness around the edges. From start to finish a sweet nuttiness lingers very lightly under all the other flavors. The floral accents come alive again on the finish. Drink with baked clams. Highly Recommended.
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1976 Balbach Niersteiner Klostergarten Optima Trockenbeerenauslese

Age shows through the color, which is very dark, like a tawny port. On the nose it smells a little oxidized, a bit like port there, too. But on the palate, oh on the palate!, it was a whole other story. It was sweet, with honey and maple syrup running strongly under all the other flavors. Floating above the mouth-filling sweetness was a whole collection of flavors, from white flowers to toffee, all with a very light background of lemon, tart and acidic. The finish lasts absolutely forever, with all the flavors eventually fading but one, leaving a taste, even the sensation, of a patiently-sucked Werther's Origina Caramell. Drink it with me. Foie gras would work too, but I'd rather you drink it with me. Very highly recommended.
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2008 Tesch “Unplugged” Kabinett Riesling

Don't let the "dry" label mislead you—this is a very flavorful, food-friendly wine that shouldn't be kept just for warm weather. It’s good for snow as well as sun. A delicate nose with notes of citrus and baking spices leads to mineral, tart green apple and spicy mouth-filling flavors with a crisp finish. . Enjoy with a nutty, stronger blue cheese like Rogue Creamery's Smokey Blue and crostini, or alongside a fruit-based tart. Or heck, Grand Marnier French Toast with orange zest and chopped walnuts, if that's your fancy. At this price, keep a few bottles handy for (deserving) company.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week (Jan 10-14): 2009 Grafen Neipperg Muskateller

This is a very pleasant bottle of wine. Some residual sugar (13g/L) supports the fruit without seeming too sweet. It is aromatic, with white flowers, pineapple, and a touch of gooseberry. On the palate, pineapple, apricot, a pinch of nutmeg and some ginger zest, plus that tiny bit of gooseberry, all join together. The mouth feel is rich, the finish long. Drink with blackened redfish.
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2009 Grafen Neipperg Muskateller

This is a very pleasant bottle of wine. Some residual sugar (13g/L) supports the fruit without seeming too sweet. It is aromatic, with white flowers, pineapple, and a touch of gooseberry. On the palate, pineapple, apricot, a pinch of nutmeg and some ginger zest, plus that tiny bit of gooseberry, all join together. The mouth feel is rich, the finish long. Drink with blackened redfish.
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2009 Valckenberg Madonna Riesling, Kabinett

Just a reminder that “kabinett” does not mean “dry.” Clear, medium lemon yellow in color. Clean aromas of pear, yellow apple, pungent floral, steel wool, wax, and some bandage (Brett). Not sure how I feel about it personally. On the palate it’s off-dry, medium-low acidity, medium body and finish; flavors of overripe peach, applesauce, and candied lemon. Pair with caramelized onion and Gruyère quiche.