2005 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese** smells unusually of milk chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, pink grapefruit, and banana. “It’s an exotic one, all right,” Christoffel acknowledges, but he and Eymael say they can’t explain that, and it doesn’t correspond with any noticeable increase in botrytis vis a vis this year’s other Auslesen. Rich, concentrated, and focused on the palate with honey and spice-covered grapefruit, it clings tenaciously with a concoction of citrus, spice, honey, and tropical fruits. This wine departs from the vintage’s usual theme of elegance and refinement. Richness, power, and a certain regal weight are what it’s about. (DS)
Pale golden yellow. Lively aromas of pink grapefruit, nutmeg and candied lemon, with a hint of honeyed, high-toned botrytis. Exotic brown spices and honeyed tropical fruits harmonize nicely, with the wine's refined texture conveying a note of creaminess. Rich, unctuous and very long, this is one of the most ample wines in the cellar. (JP)
Everything about this wine is intense, from the luscious, BA-like ripeness to the powerfully focused acidity and pungent, concentrated sense of minerality. Treat it like a great noble sweet wine, whether you drink it now or, preferably, hold it for decades.
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