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Reviews wines from Germany and New York.

Wines from Pfalz

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97
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Geh. Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan 2008 Deidesheimer Hohenmorgen Trockenbeerenauslese - 375 ml Riesling (Pfalz)

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Exceeds even this producer’s stunning beerenauslese, featuring an even more intoxicating perfume of honey, dried apricots and candied pineapple, with slightly more acidity to provide balance to the extra level of sweetness, so much so that this wine comes across as refreshing on the finish, despite the incredibly high levels of sugar. Drink now–2050, possibly longer.  — J.C.  (3/1/2011)
97
points

Müller-Catoir 2007 Breumel in den Mauren Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling (Pfalz)

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The smoky, minerally aspects of the site show through even a thick veil of botrytis. This is intensely honeyed, filled with dried apricot and candied pineapple flavors, yet not without nuance. Incredibly sweet, but as balanced as a wine this unctuous can be, with a long, mouthwatering finish.  — J.C.  (6/1/2009)
96
points

Müller-Catoir 2007 Bergergarten Trockenbeerenauslese Muskateller (Pfalz)

Floral, musky and spicy, this is almost a little Gewürztraminer-like on the nose. The flavors of dried pineapple are incredibly intense, giving a bright, piercing edge of acidity to the sweet finish. At almost 300 g/l residual sugar this is really sweet, but the acids are super-high as well (18.5 g/l TA), making for a balanced wine—albeit one with the volume…  — J.C.  (6/1/2009)
95
points

Geh. Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan 2008 Forster Kirchenstück Beerenauslese 375 ml Riesling (Pfalz)

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Hugely sweet and decadent, this is a tour de force of botrytized winemaking. Honeyed citrus aromas are buoyed by hints of perfume and spice, with dried apricot flavors accented by spiced honey. Mouthcoating, rich and impossibly long, this wine should easily age for 40 or more years.  — J.C.  (3/1/2011)
95
points

Geh. Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan 2007 Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Trockenbeerenauslese - 375 ml Riesling (Pfalz)

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The numbers on this wine are amazing (380 g/l residual sugar, 17 g/l TA), but even more impressive is how such an extremely sweet wine can remain reasonably drinkable, complex and harmonious. It’s musky and spice-laden, filled with dried apricot and honey flavors that linger on the incredibly long, citrusy finish. Should age indefinitely.  — J.C.  (6/1/2009)
94
points

Eugen Müller 2007 Forster Ungeheuer Beerenauslese Riesling (Pfalz)

Unlike many BAs, which can often be dominated by dried-apricot/botrytis notes, this one also displays ripe melon flavors and a distinct salty minerality. It’s intense and sweet without going over the top, finishing with tremendous length and verve. Aging this wine 50 years isn’t out of the question.  — J.C.  (6/1/2009)
94
points

A. Christmann 1999 Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Auslese Riesling (Pfalz)

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  1. $50
This spectacular boutique estate swings for the fences with this unctuous, botrytised, intensely concentrated auslese. Exceptionally clean, with brilliantly vivid tropical fruit, it’s perfectly balanced—powerful yet still elegant. Young and rich, it shows layers of concentrated, ripe fruit that lead to a tightly focused finish. Grab it up while you can.  — P.G.  (12/31/2001)
93
points

Knipser 2009 Dirmstein Mandelpfad GG Riesling (Pfalz)

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  1. $45
Ripe peaches balance quince and citrus, and plenty of wet stone and brine notes provide backbone and textural richness. Harmony, length and minerality are all here in a wine that’s relatively affordable by Grosses Gewächs standards.  — J.C.  (12/1/2011)
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