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Anna Lee Iijima

Reviews wines from Germany and New York.

Wines from Rheingau

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Robert Weil 2009 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling (Rheingau)

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Hugely sweet yet reasonably balanced given its enormous concentration, this is a tremendous example of the quality heights sweet Riesling can achieve. Golden raisin, dried apricots and candied pineapple all swirl together in a delicious haze of sugar-coma-inducing syrup that nevertheless goes down easily. Will age easily for decades.

 — J.C.  (3/1/2012)
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Schloss Johannisberger 2009 Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling (Rheingau)

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Even in a flight of top BAs and TBAs, this one stood out. It’s hugely sweet and viscous, yet also has amazingly fresh acids that really prolong the finish and promise decades—if not centuries—of cellaring. Golden raisin and dried apricot notes are true to type, and the wine’s balance is impeccable.

 — J.C.  (3/1/2012)
97
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Schloss Johannisberger 2006 Trockenbeerenauslese Goldlack Riesling (Rheingau)

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  1. $486

So incredibly thick and sweet it's almost chewy in texture, with aromas and flavors that feature a fascinating interplay of fresh and dried apricots, peach and citrus, kept lively by healthy acidity. The finish lasts for minutes; the wine should age well for decades.

 — J.C.  (12/15/2007)
96
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Robert Weil 2010 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling (Rheingau)

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  1. $672

Honey and smoke mix seductively on this piercingly bright yet intensely rich TBA full of orange marmalade and sweet peach nectar. It’s unctuously honeyed but delicately textured on the palate. It’s earthy minerality should deepen considerably over the next ten years.

 — A.I.  (9/1/2013)
96
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Domdechant Werner 2009 Hochheimer Domdechaney Beerenauslese Riesling (Rheingau)

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A wonderfully drinkable beerenauslese, which makes it a serious accomplishment—sometimes these wines can just be too much. This one balances its intense dried apricot and golden raisin notes with tropical and citrus fruit and lively acidity.

 — J.C.  (3/1/2012)
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Domdechant Werner 2003 Hochheimer Kirchenstück Beerenauslese Riesling (Rheingau)

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  1. $300

Wines like this are why 2003 has generated such buzz across Germany. Thick and oily-textured, and filled with flavors of superripe pears, peaches and dried apricots, this is a monumental dessert wine. Yes, it’s decadently rich, but it also boasts sufficient acidity to keep it from becoming cloying. Finishes long, with lingering notes of tropical fruit and citrus…

 — J.C.  (5/1/2005)
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Domdechant Werner 2013 Hochheimer Kirchenstück Beerenauslese Riesling (Rheingau)

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Wet slate and chalk penetrate through silken layers of honey, fig and dried apricot in this decadent beerenauslese. It’s intensely concentrated in fruit, but also racy and taut, finishing with a flair of rose petals and pink grapefruit. Stunning now, but structured enough to develop beautifully for decades.

 — A.I.  (8/1/2015)
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Robert Weil 2013 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling (Rheingau)

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  1. $775

Dusty earth and mineral tones lend contrast to sweet, sunny tangerine and caramel in this feather-light TBA. The palate is persistent and pristine, awash in stone fruit flavors that pierce with laser-like brilliance. Delectable now for it’s youth and fruitiness, but likely to develop mineral complexities for decades to come.

 — A.I.  (8/1/2015)
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