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Sunday, January 08, 2012

2005 Dr. Loosen Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese

The four-acre Erdener Prälat vineyard produces some of the greatest wines in the Mosel valley. It has 100 percent south-facing red slate soil and an extraordinarily warm microclimate, yielding wines of unequaled power and nobility. The vineyard’s exposure, combined with the warming effect of the river and the massive, heat-retaining cliffs that surround it, ensures exceptional ripeness in every vintage.

I'm tasting this wine for the second time and actually reviewed the wine a few years ago here on the blog. I scored it 93 points then and can already tell by the aromatics that this wine has drastically improved in terms of complexity and depth. On the nose I get the most incredible honeysuckle, creme brulee, and dried apricot aromas. The petrol notes and mineral nuances beautifully underline those wonderful sweet fruit notes.

On the palate the wine shows beautiful and complex flavors of apricot nectar, white peach, honey, marmalade, and lychee. There are also secondary notes of mineral, petrol, and white pepper that add to the complexity. The finish is clean and medium length. 94 points

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