Fine Wine Review
2001 Mönchhof Astor Riesling Kabinett This is perhaps the best Astor Kabinett yet. The wine is pure, deep, and nervy with penetration on the palate and a noble austerity. -
2001 Mönchhof Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Is brilliant, showing spiced roses, nice acidity and notable length. -
2001 Mönchhof Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese Has pure lime and mineral fruit, depth, ripeness and nervosity. It is a classic for those willing to cellar it for a decade or so. -
2001 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese
2001 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Auslese is pure and rounder with peach and apricot fruit that is so typical of the vineyard. -
2001 Oberemmeler Hütte Riesling Kabinett Mineral lime aromas and flavors with great purity, and some hazelnut also showing on the nose. -
2001 Oberemmeler Hütte Riesling Spätlese Is dense, chewy, concentrated, and deep with great potential, but in need of some time for full expression. -
2001 Karthäuserhof Auslese Dry S - As I have often written, a dry Auslese is an extremely difficult wine to accomplish, especially in the Ruwer. Yet Tyrell has pulled it off with this Auslese Trocken S. The wine has perfumed aromas, followed by a dense, deep mouth with electric peach fruit and a great length.
2001 Karthäuserhof Estate Riesling Medium-Dry
2001 Karthäuserhof Riesling Kabinett
The Kabinett is concentrated and has racy fruit, but a touch of
caramel on the nose and finish argues for drinking this wine in the next
2001 Karthäuserhof Riesling Spätlese Is superb with pure mineral lime aromas and outstanding penetration. -
2001 Karthäuserhof Auslese
2001 Schloss Lieser Estate Riesling Medium-Dry Thomas Haags estate halbtrocken is perfumed and stony in the nose, with lime fruit and delicacy on the palate. It is a forewarning that is a prodigious year at the estate. -
2001 Schloss Lieser Estate Riesling Kabinett Haag has really outdone himself with the Kabinett. The wine has beautiful, stony and mineral fruit of pinpoint precision in the nose and mouth, real penetration, and impeccable balance. -
2001 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese Features complex, pure, chewy plum and lime fruit with lovely balance. -
2001 Neumagener Nusswingert Riesling Kabinett
Is floral with racy acidity and fine concentration.
2001 Trittenheimer Leiterchen Riesling Spätlese
Is racy with brown sugar aromas and lemon flavors.
2001 Trittenheimer Felsenkopf Riesling Spätlese Will probably last longer. At the moment it appears to be the equal of the Trittenheimer Leiterchen with a slightly richer lemon fruit that is also racy, and melon flavors on the finish. -
2001 Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett Is sweet, smoky, penetrating, and long with lime fruit and great concentration. -
2001 Wegeler Estate Riesling Spätlese Is penetrating and nervy in its lime, lemon fruit on the palate, and peach, and apricot fruit on the finish. -
2001 Wegeler Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Spätlese One of the greatest Spätlesen Ive ever experienced: dense, pure, deep, layered lime fruit that demonstrates the greatness of the Bernkasteler Doctor vineyard which is too often poorly served by other producers. -
Dr. F. Weins-Prüm
2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Shows Wehlener lime and vanilla aromas and flavors and is ripe on the palate. -
2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Is pure brilliance. The wine is rich and concentrated with pure Wehlener Sonnenuhr lime and vanilla aromas and flavors. -
2001 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese
Although I see my share of disappointing wines form the vineyard
from other producers, Dr. F. Weins-Prüm Graacher Domprobst Spätlese
never fails to show the greatness of that vineyard. The wine is relatively
closed at the moment, but it does show the round, golden Domprobst fruit
and plenty of potential for those willing to wait, perhaps 6-8 years.
2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Shows pure lemon / lime/ vanilla aromas and flavors typical of the vineyard, outstanding balance and elegance. - .
2001 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinett (AP
#5 02) Shows beautiful acidity and supporting filigreed apple fruit.
Hard to keep away from this wine now, but 5 7 years in the cellar
should be beneficial.
2001 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese Has pure lime aromas with perhaps some botrytis in the honeyed apple flavors, an outstanding balance. -
2001 Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Kabinett Dry Has lovely mineral aromas, and on the palate shows very pure Riesling fruit. -
2001 Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Spätlese Dry Is earthier with a touch of burnt sugar but even more impressive. -
2001 Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Auslese Dry Dry Auslese is very difficult to pull off, but Künstler is one of the few who consistently succeeds. Delightful for its lemon and sugar aromas and flavors and overall balance not overpowering. -
2001 Hochheimer Reichestal Riesling Kabinett Is simply brilliant, with a smoky, ripe, exotic fruit nose, and a round, ripe mouth with a red and purple plums, raciness and balance. -
2001 Hochheimer Kirchenstück Riesling Spätlese Is racy with plum fruit, real soul, and depth. -
2001 Hochheimer Kirchenstück Riesling Eiswein The wine is pure, crystalline, and deep, but not showing terribly sweet right now because of the great acidity. It is perfectly balanced, though. -
2001 Wegeler Estate Riesling Medium-Dry Perfumed, wild flower aromas, followed by a round, dense mouth with vegetal (not negative) flavors. Give this wine a year or two, and you should have a great bargain. -
2001 Wegeler Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese Although still quite closed, is layered with great length. Hold this wine 8-10 years, and you should have a beauty. -
2001 Wegeler Geisenheimer Rothenberg Riesling Auslese Is dense, ripe, and round with classic yellow plum fruit. With time, it should even be better. -
2001 Robert Weil Estate Riesling Dry Has very stony aromas, purity and clarity to its ripe, but stony fruit flavors, length, and no astringency. Here is a bargain from an estate where the more celebrated wines are not cheap. -
2001 Robert Weil Estate Kabinett Riesling Medium-Dry Has hazelnut aromas, followed by penetrating, nervous apricot pit fruit in the mouth. -
2001 Robert Weil Estates Riesling Spätlese
Shows pure, deep, pure plum fruit, and is astonishingly fine.
2001 Gunderloch Estate Riesling Dry Is an amazing QbA. The peach aromas are followed by a body with excellent acidity and depth to the lovely, long, crystalline peach fruit. -
2001 Gunderloch "Jean Baptiste" Riesling Kabinett Is bottled partly in screwcaps to see if the American market will go for it. Lets hope that it will. Relatively dry, the wine shows peach fruit that is generous and harmonious, and fills the mouth, but has the requisite nervosity to pull everything together. Admirable length. -
2001 Gunderloch Nackenheimer Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese – Is the estate’s signature wine, and this is one of the great ones. Just a baby for now, the wine has apricot fruit of great purity, depth, and balance – the factors of a great wine, but which one cannot put into words. -
2001 Gunderloch Nackenheimer Rothenberg Riesling Auslese – At the next exalted level is the Nackenheimer Rothenberg Auslese. The wine is similarly deep and pure with tightly wound apricot fruit. I’d treasure this beauty for 10-12 years before opening it. -
2001 Gunderloch Nackenheimer Rothenberg Riesling
Gold Cap Auslese (GKA) – As a fabulous as the regular Auslese is,
the Nackenheimer Rothenberg GKA is even more stunning. The wine
is sweeter and more intense in its spicy apricot fruit than the foregoing,
but without going over the top.
2001 von Buhl "Maria Schneider Jazz" Riesling Spätlese Dry Bears a special label in honor of the jazz arranger and composer who is a friend of both the importer and the estate. The wines fruit is shy now, but it should be worth waiting for as the acidity and balance otherwise are there. -
2001 von Buhl Pechstein (Forst) Riesling Grosses Gewächs Has lovely apple aromas, followed on the palate by purity of fruit and balance. Id wait 2 4 years to start drinking this beauty. -
2001 von Buhl Kirchenstück (Forst) Riesling
Grosses Gewächs From what is widely considered
the greatest vineyard in the Pfalz (I am in that camp), is a paragon of
purity with its mineral lime fruit.
2001 von Buhl "Maria Schneider Jazz" Riesling Medium-Dry The wine is floral in the nose with penetrating violet flavors and nervosity. I would drink this wine over the next few years, but during the period, it should give great pleasure. -
2001 von Buhl Armand Riesling Kabinett
May be the finest that I have had from this estate. It is
chewy, deep, and nervy, with a roundness and Pfalz earthy minerality,
plus fine length.
2001 Pfeffingen Estate Riesling Dry The wine is rich and chewy with outstanding apricot and pit fruit. -
2001 Pfeffingen Weilberg (Ungstein) Riesling Grosses Gewächs Is round, balanced, stony, and penetrating. -
2001 Pfeffingen Pfeffo Riesling Kabinett Medium-Dry Has walnut aromas, and is dense, concentrated, and chewy, but closed on the palate. Wait 1 3 years for this wine. -
2001 Pfeffingen Ungsteiner Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese Is firm with pure, clear, deep, earthy apricot. -
2001 Pfeffingen Ungsteiner Herrenberg Scheurebe Spätlese Shows roses and petroleum in the nose, good signs for a young Scheu. In the mouth, the wine is sweet but balanced with concentration and a chewy texture. -
2001 Pfeffingen Ungsteiner Herrenberg Scheurebe Auslese Is an incredible value. The wine has lime, mineral aromas, followed in the mouth by a pure, BA-like apricot / petrol fruit. Impressive now, it should really astound if served in 10 15 years. -
2001 Wirsching Estate Silvaner dry The
Silvaner trocken has mineral aromas. In the mouth, it has a fine attack
from the acidity, beautiful, clarity, and oily texture, and typical Sylvaner
sourness. This is great Franconian Sylvaner that many other fine estate
have not shown me in 2001.
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