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2005 Weinbach, Domaine Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvee Ste. Catherine
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Reviews for 2005 Weinbach, Domaine Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvee Ste. Catherine
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2008
From largely old vines in the middle slope of the cru Weinbach's 2005 Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Saint Catherine smells in a by now very familiar manner of citrus oil peach kernel smoke and spice here with a pineapple...
From largely old vines in the middle slope of the cru Weinbach's 2005 Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Saint Catherine smells in a by now very familiar manner of citrus oil peach kernel smoke and spice here with a pineapple overtone. Enormously ripe and lush with tropical tendencies to its fruit and deep nut oil richness this nevertheless also displays the most prominent and stony mineral character and the tightest brightest coil of acidity of any Weinbach 2005 Riesling and its long finish is truly dry-tasting. This intense beauty should we well worth following - indeed improve - over at least a 12-15 year period and those (like this taster) who are most fascinated by mature Riesling will - after a prudent interim assessment - probably choose to hold it longer. The dynamic trio of Fallers continues to bottle some of France's (hardly just Alsace's) richest and most flamboyant wines. Beginning with 2005 all of their vineyards are being biodynamically farmed. Laurence Faller finds their 2005s in general "more focused and clear" (this was especially true of Riesling) despite their often prominent botrytis component and the 2004s richer. I suppose it goes without saying but one has to carefully scrutinize each Weinbach label so numerous are the cuvees. And as wonderful as is the distinctiveness exhibited by the vast majority of wines here even a geek like yours truly could be forgiven for asking whether somewhat fewer different ottling might benefit consumers as well as journalists!
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2007
($66; from 62-year-old vines on the midslope) Pale yellow. Powerful stony minerality lifts the aromas of pineapple grapefruit and citrus rind. Juicy high-pitched and penetrating with the powerful mineral character...
($66; from 62-year-old vines on the midslope) Pale yellow. Powerful stony minerality lifts the aromas of pineapple grapefruit and citrus rind. Juicy high-pitched and penetrating with the powerful mineral character stimulating the salivary glands. This has strong acidity (actually the highest here since '96 notes Laurence Faller) but a touch of sweetness gives it near-perfect balance and prevents it from coming off as hard. The long finish throws off hints of minerals fresh herbs and mint. This was also bottled in 375 ml. and 1.5 liter format.
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, May 2007
This aromatic white shows lime-tinged flavors of apricot and red grapefruit. The racy acidity keeps it balanced and structured with a white pepper-filled finish. Drink now through 2018.-B.S.
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