Von Othegraven 2004 Kanzem Altenberg Auslese Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
94 Points Cellar Selection

This is a knockout, from the floral and apricot-laced aromas right through the lingering notes of honey and fruit. It's rich and unctuous on the palate, balancing its considerable residual sugar with only 7% alcohol and crisp, mouthwatering acids. Blends a mélange of fruit—apricots, peaches, pears and apples—with nuances of spice and mineral that no other country in the wine-producing world has yet matched. Like many top German Rieslings, you can drink this now, or enjoy it 20 years from now, and it should last well beyond that. Imported by Classical Wines.

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Joe Czerwinski
Czerwinski has been a wine journalist, editor and taster for over a decade and is a regular wine panelist, speaker and educator for events and organizations worldwide.
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