Wednesday, April 11, 2012

12-Year-Old Riesling Still Going Strong

2001 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Riesling Burklin Estate (Germany, Pfalz)

I popped this wine with some friends last night and was impressed at how it showed, especially considering I picked it up at auction for $12. Initially, the aromas were a bit subdued, but they really came out after about an hour to show lemon, green apple and quinine. The palate is very sharp, with ripping acid all the way through and lots of minerals. Not much in the way of sweetness, which lets the precise flavors of grapefruit and green apple shine. This wine must've been austere in its youth, because it's still very sharp. It doesn't show much in the way of typical aged riesling flavors (oil, nougat), but it's quite delicious. It would be great with shellfish or salad.

88 points IJB

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