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2009 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett

An interesting wine, one that changes significantly with its temperature. Chilled, it leads with white flowers and lychee, trending to Meyer lemon on the mid-palate, all with an underlying pear. Acids are light, residual sugar evident, but all pleasantly so. Let it get a bit closer to room temperature, though, and it changes. The nose is a little toasty, with apples and a touch of gasoline in the background. On the palate, baked apple and sweet pear blend with white pepper, leading to a finish that lingers and brings back the memory of your last ginger snap. Drink with chicken salad before it gets too cold for a picnic. Recommended. DH
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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.