2013 Graacher Domprobst Auslese 14 Willi Schaefer

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Average critic rating : 95.0 points



Compared to the Domprobst Auslese #11 the 7% alcohol 2013 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #14 displays a more concentrated bouquet highlighted by a flinty slate perfume. Sweet, rich and elegant on the palate this lush and juicy Auslese is structured by its refined acidity and lingering salinity, whereas the long aftertaste displays ripe fruit aromas again and still remains piquant and stimulating. However, the wine still has baby fat and thus is not that perfectly shaped or balanced as is the Auslese #11 at the moment. It just asks for some years of bottle age to polish its edges and achieve more transparency.||"2013 was a great Spätlese and Auslese vintage,“ says Christoph Schaefer. In fact, he bottled just 20,000 wines: two Kabinetts, three Spätlesen and four Auslesen, of which two are classic, two made with a higher proportion of botrytis and a fifth for the auction. "The window to achieve the perfect ripeness was very narrow in 2013 and again in 2014; so we harvested quickly with 30 people, our 'pensioner gang',“ says Schaefer. The resulting wines are absolutely delicious in their finesse, elegance and terroir expression.|| eRobertParker.com.February, 2015


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