Named after a parcel that holds the record for the highest must weight ever achieved in the Rheingau (set in 1920), the 2002 Riesling Spatlese Oestricher Lenchen '303' explodes from the glass with botrytis-laced smoky apricot aromas. This big, bold, masculine effort slathers the palate with peaches, apricots, red cherries, currants, and well-integrated botrytis flavors. Medium-bodied, intensely expressive, and deep, it also proudly displays an extensive, sultry, and fruit-packed finish. I would love to try this beauty alongside the 2001 (rated 92 points in issue #144) in a dozen years! Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
Beautiful from beginning to end. Not a showy white, yet there’s a coiled spring of apricot, passion fruit, mandarin orange and mineral etched in the fine structure. There’s a density here that suggests the best is yet to come. Lovely tangy finish. Drink now through 2015.
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