This is just beginning to give its best, but it will be even more exciting from 2019! Enormous energy and more than enough richness. The finish turbocharged, so hang onto your hat! Drink or hold.
Served from the 375-milliliter bottle, the 2016 Bernkasteler Lay Auslese (Gold Capsule) displays a discreet bouquet that needs its time to open up. It's pretty reductive at this early stage (March 2018). The attack on the palate is racy and fresh, and the wine is filigreed and precise, very clear and fresh in the well-structured finish. This (AP 05 17) is a lovely Auslese version that is on par with the bright, light and filigreed Badstube Kabinett. It's a delicious Riesling bottled at 7.5% alcohol. (SR)
The 2016 Bernkasteler Lay Gold Kap hails from a parcel of fifty to sixty year-old vines in the heart of the original section of this vineyard (whose official boundaries were expanded in 1971), and Katharina Prüm noted that “this was the last parcel to be picked in 2016.” The wine is beautiful and a very, very elegant expression of young Goldkapsel, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of pear, white cherries, a fine base of slate, honeycomb and a topnote of fruit blossoms. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, clean and very gently glazed, with a fine core, a lovely sense of filigree, bright, ripe acids and a very long, complex and utterly refined finish. A beautiful wine. (Drink between 2024-2080)
Dessert in liquid form, with a lovely silky texture and charming aromas and flavors of jasmine honey, cream, apricot tart and bergamot, combined with mineral elements that impart freshness. Features intense acidity that keeps the sweetness in harmony from start to marathon finish. Drink now through 2040.
Dark cherry mingles with root beer and an infusion of mint in this forwardly fragrant and luscious, envelopingly rich Auslese. Suggestions of honeydew melon liqueur, candied green herbal concentrates and a touch of salted caramel add to the opulent, overripe impression conveyed on a glycerol-rich palate, leading to a concentrated and impressively sustained finish, albeit one that carries a bit more obvious sense of sheer sweetness than is typical at this address. Thankfully, a sense of juicy fresh-fruitedness persists as well. (DS)
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