Harvested at 170 Oeschle with 15 grams of acidity, the 2001 Riesling Eiswein Munsterer Pittersberg has an intense nose of pineapples, mangoes, papayas, and white peaches that is aromatically piercing due to its vibrancy. Magnificent layers of red cherries, raspberries, strawberries, nutmeg, and candied limes are found in its zesty, gorgeously pure character. Exceptionally well-balanced, this layered, detailed wine also possesses a gloriously long and delineated finish. (PR)
Extremely intense, almost burnt character to the peach, nectarine and citrus notes in this racy Riesling. So bracing, it virtually resonates on the palate, with spice and mineral accents, turning just a tad cloying on the finish. Still, it's very impressive. (BS)
This was harvested in mid-December. While most of Rumpf nobly sweet 2001s, including an attempt at Eiswein in Pittersberg a month earlier, were unconvincing, here we have something cut from different cloth - or should I say cut from a different frozen block? A spectacular concentration of diverse tropical and citrus fruits in the nose leads to a vanilla cream, tropical fruit and candied citrus palate. An almost Sauternes-like combination of grilled citrus, pungent cress and smoke emerges as this wine opens, even though Rumpf insists that the fruit was botrytis-free. The acids show a bit of sharpness in the finish, but there is such overwhelming richness of fruit that one can't quibble. Time should only improve this. 2 stars. (DS)
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