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2009 Rudesheimer Berg Roseneck Spatlese

Josef Leitz

92Average Score
flagRheingau / Germany
White

Honeysuckle, heliotrope, rowan, lily-of-the-valley, white peach, and pear inform the seductive nose of Leitzs 2009 Rudesheimer Berg Roseneck Riesling Spatlese and flood the palate with infectious juiciness, exquisite delicacy, and joyful buoyancy. As with the corresponding Berg Rottland, a saline streak serves for mouthwatering savor, while the long finish here sooths and seduces. As this has yet a bit more residual sugar – namely 95 grams (!) – and considerably less acidity – at 7.5 grams – than that Berg Rottland, its sense of perfectly integrated and not at all obtrusive sweetness is remarkable. (That said, I cant help wondering what the wine would have been like with a lot less sugar.) And while these grapes far exceeded the requisite must weight for an Auslese, I agree with Leitz that the resultant wine displays a delicacy and an intimacy of flavors that more nearly spell “Spatlese.” Expect a quarter century of seduction at the hands of this striking offering. Dec 2009, www.robertparker.com

David Schildknecht    Score: 92/100

6x75cl-1 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£175.00
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