The white/golden-colored 2014 Riesling Saarburger Rausch Auslese *** (White Capsule) is very concentrated and clear on the aromatic nose, which displays dried fruits and lemon confit that indicate an extremely late harvest. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly intense, but also clear, fresh, fine and very elegant on the palate with cutting acidity, this is a great and highly complex Riesling. It is persistently salty/mineral and powerful, with an endless and finesse-full finish that reveals a stunning purity and tension. This unique Saar Auslese tastes almost as precise and sharp like an Eiswein. The pink-colored grapes were picked with 105-108° Oechsle and bottled with just 12.5% alcohol. It's piquant as only a Saar Riesling can be, and does not stop vibrating on the palate and atomizing its crushed stone and lemon perfume. I have never tasted a dry Saar Riesling like this. This is great dry Riesling for extremists. Immortal. (SR)
This essentially dry-tasting 'three-star' Auslese leads with scents of Meyer lemon that anticipate the juicy and almost blazing brightness of a palpably extract-rich, firm-feeling palate. Smoke and crushed stone accents typical for this unusual diabase and slate site carry into an almost severely concentrated, tartly invigorating finish that very much reflects this wine’s 10.5 grams of acidity and more than 40 grams of dry extract. This is definitely a wine to revisit in 2017, preferably before investing in it, and my assessment of ageworthiness should not be taken as a prediction that it will be more fun to drink in six or eight years: I simply don’t know. (DS)
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