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GEORG BREUER

Region: Rheingau
City: Rüdesheim am Rhein
Winery Website: www.georg-breuer.com
Winery GPS Coordinates: 49.9795, 7.9255

OVERVIEW

Founded in 1880. From the early 1980s, small holdings in the Berg Schlossberg were expanded by Bernhard and Heinrich Breuer into the present 60-acre Rheingau estate including vineyards on the best steep slopes of Rüdesheim and Rauenthal. During this period the Breuers have ceaselessly pursued terroir-driven non-interventionist winemaking and viticulture, resulting in traditional ageworthy dry wines reminiscent of the legendary Rheingaus produced in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. Wines are aged on their lees and clarified traditionally in oak cooperage.

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HISTORY

Georg Breuer was founded in 1880 by Peter Breuer, partner of the venerable German wine shipping firm Scholl & Hillebrand, thereafter owned by Peter's son Georg and then grandsons Bernhard and Heinrich upon Georg's passing in 1978. The shipping firm was sold and during the 1980's and 1990's Bernhard and Heinrich carefully expanded the vineyard estate from 20 acres to its present 60 acres in the steepest, most well-drained vineyards of the Rheingau communes of Rüdesheim and Rauenthal. Co-author of authoritative books on Germany's wine regions and credited to a great degree with restoring Riesling's respectability in world markets, Bernhard Breuer was highly regarded internationally and worked tirelessly in defense of German viticultural integrity. From 2004, Heinrich Breuer and winemaker Hermann Schmoranz carry on Bernhard's ideals in his memory.

Production at Breuer follows a strict terroir-based hierarchy for the production of naturally dry wines made from healthy, ripe Riesling grapes, featuring Breuer's flagship crus Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg (artist series dating from 1980) and the 12.5-acre monopole Rauenthal Nonnenberg. A superb proprietary wine called Terra Montosa fills a secondary level. Its Latin name honoring the steep mountain slopes, Montosa is a complex interplay of wines from the Rüdesheimer Berg's slate/quartzite terraces and Rauenthal's loam and gravel soils. Finally, an excellent regional Rheingau Riesling, "GB Charm," offers great value in the inimitable, elegant Breuer style. Rare and glorious sweet wines are also made at Breuer when natural conditions permit the development of clean botrytis.

Breuer wines are characterized by precise balance of flavor extract and rassig (racy) aromatic elegance from slate soils, achieved through disciplined harvesting and minuscule yields. Natural clarification results from fermentation and less contact in oak ovals. Breuer Rieslings are universal (yes, Classical) and meant for the serious table. They are ageworthy, investment-quality wines of the highest order, regarded with considerable awe by the international trade and press.

Bernhard expressed it best:

"At Georg Breuer low-tech is the theme in both the vineyard and the cellar, as we reverted to natural wines made in the traditional manner. A great majority of wines with a dry finish is the logical result, although such wines can only come from the best sites giving the highest levels of concentration and mineral extract from healthy grapes, since there will be no residual sugar to camouflage thinness. A great naturally-fermented wine is in itself a demonstration of the pedigree of its source, and the vineyard sites capable of producing such wines have been perfectly known to the vintners for centuries."

- Bernhard Breuer, May 2000

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PRESS

Berg Schlossberg Auslese GK (2011) - "Honeyed and creamy, featuring concentrated white peach, ripe melon, pineapple and apple pie flavors that are lush and forward. Offers vibrant acidity, with a luxuriant spiciness and a mouthfilling finish, showing hints of white chocolate. Drink now through 2040. 35 cases made."

93 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Dec 15, 2013

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2011) - "Honeyed and ceamy, featuring concentrated white peach, ripe melon, pineapple and apple pie flavors that are lush and forward. Offers vibrant acidity, with a luxuriant spiciness and a mouthfilling finish, showing hints of white chocolate. Drink now through 2040."

93 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Dec 15, 2013

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Terra Montosa Riesling (2011) - "Shows lively intensity to the slate, dried apple and fennel flavors, with plenty of lushness. Features juicy acidity, displaying a seductive creaminess that extends onto the finish, which offers plum tart and spice. Drink now through 2016. 1,300 cases made."

91 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Mar 1, 2013

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Rauenthal Nonnenberg (2011) - "Enticing aromas of apricot pit, lemon oil and woodsmoke. The luscious tropical fruit flavors display enormous layered depth. Pure minerality and enormous extract make this a wine for the long haul. Although the sweetness is in the statistics (11 grams), not on the palate, this must be counted as one of the finest off-dry rieslings of the vintage."

94 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Feb 1, 2013

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling (2011) - "Exuberant bouquet of star fruit, honeysuckle and bay leaf. Dense peach fruit texture and slate-driven minerality are nicely juxtaposed on the palate. Shows excellent depth and spice character on the delicious finish. A hint of residual sugar provides this wine with an air of nobility."

93 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Feb 1, 2013

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Rüdesheim Berg Rottland Riesling Trocken (2011) - "Lovely aromas of yellow plum, oyster shell and lemon blossom. The finely balanced apricot pit and spice flavors are juicy and invigorating. A finely spiced finish highlights the depth and minerality of this superbly crafted light riesling, which weighs in at only 11.5% alcohol."

92 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Feb 1, 2013

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Terra Montosa Riesling (2011) - "Peach and lime on the nose. Supple, nicely balanced pear fruit fills the mouth, with the wine's gently sweet texture belying its juicy minerality on the finish. Classical in style."


Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Feb 1, 2013

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Terra Montosa Riesling (2010) - "Minerally and smoky, this rich white shows pear, Fuji apple an dgooseberry flavors. The midpalate is filled with intense slate notes, which linger on the white pepper —and salt-accented finish. Drink now through 2022. 4,500 cases made."

91 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Apr 1, 2012

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Rauenthal Nonnenberg (2010) - "This very spicy white offers exotic overtones to the melon, peach and mango flavors. The tight finish is minerally and full of verve, with hints of baked pineapple. Best from 2013 through 2020. 2,250 cases made. "


Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Mar 15, 2012

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2010) - "Ripe citrus flavors dominate this crisp sweetie, with candied savory herb notes midpalate and full-throttle finish of mineral, cream, apricot, honey and spice. Long and rich. Drink now through 2040. 300 cases made."

94 Points
Kim Markus, Wine Spectator, Mar 1, 2012

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2010) - "Pale gold. Succulent aromas of nutmeg, melon and mango, with a hint of brown spice botrytis. The creamy papaya flavor maintains a delicacy on the palate thanks to the wine's vibrant freshness. With its rich, juicy, elegant finish, this is a sumptuous Auslese. "

94 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 15, 2012

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese (2010) - "Enticing aromas of apricot pit, lemon oil and woodsmoke. Luscious tropical fruit flavors are layered and deep. Pure minerality and enormous extract make this a wine for the long haul. One of the fine dry Rieslings of the vintage."

93 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 15, 2012

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Rüdesheim Estate Riesling (2009) - "A powerful and vibrant dry style Riesling, with intense minerality beneath the flavors of dried apple, passion fruit and gooseberry. The spicy finish is long and crisp. Drink now through 2017. 1,300 cases made."

91 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Sep 1, 2011

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Breuer Riesling Auslese (2009) - "Racy and powerful, showing lots of slate and sea salt accents to the peach and pippin apple flavors. Quite juicy in the midpalate, offering glazed citrus and nectarine with hints of licorice. Best from 2015 through 2040. 300 cases made."

93 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2011

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2009) - "This delivers rich, seductive aromas and flavors of ripe peach, apricot and baked apple, as well as hints of celery. Very broad on the honeyed finish, with plenty of spice. Drink now through 2025."

91 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2011

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Terra Montosa Riesling (2009) - "A focused version, balancing lemon and apple flavors with a peppery mineral element. This is racy and tightens up on the finish, so best to give it a year or two in the cellar. Best from 2013 through 2023. 1,375 cases made."

93 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2011

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Rauenthal Nonnenberg Riesling Auslese (2009) - "Aromatic, this dry Riesling reveals violet and lemon drop aromas and flavors. It's all backed by a lively structure and, though elegant, builds nicely on the palate to the lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. 430 cases made."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2011

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GB "Charm" Riesling (2009) - "Shows touches of ripeness to the golden raisin and baked apple flavors. Mineral-infused finish hints at power. Some honeyed notes. Drink now through 2015. 750 cases made."

88 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Mar 29, 2011

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Breuer Riesling Auslese (2007) - "Made in a velvety, voluptuous style, this is creamy and rich, its flavors of pineapple and yellow peach bold and generous."

90 Points
Wine & Spirits, Apr 26, 2010

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg (2008) - "Expansive aromas of apricot pit, lemon oil and woodsmoke. The luscious tropical fruit flavors are layered and deep, with pure minerality and enormous extract making this a wine for the long haul. One of the finest efforts of the vintage. "

94 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 13, 2010

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Rauenthal Nonnenberg (2008) - "White peach, toasted nuts and vanilla on the nose. Rich yet precise pear fruit in a low key. Oily in texture, but with a juicy minerality on the finish. In a classical style-and perhaps a sleeper in 2008. "

90 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 13, 2010

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Auslese Goldkapsel (2008) - "Pale gold. Exuberant aromas of muskmelon and mango, plus a hint of brown-spice botrytis. The creamy papaya flavors remain delicate on the palate due to a vibrant freshness. With a rich, juicy, elegant finish, this is one of the finest ausleses of the vintage."

94 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 13, 2010

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Rauenthal Nonnenberg (2006) - "Breuer’s 2006 Rauenthaler Nonnenberg Riesling trocken offers a Malvasia-like combination of fresh lime, narcissus, and violets on the nose. Musk, flowers, lime, peach, and red currant opulently but vibrantly fill the mouth and the exotic side of this Riesling nicely complements its sheer ripeness as well as testifying to the slightly decadent nature of the fruit this vintage. I detect scarcely any heat. Plan to follow this for 5-7 years, but I would not anticipate longer-term potential. "

90 Points
David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, Oct 1, 2008

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Terra Montosa Riesling (2006) - "This almost clear wine with slight yellow tones opens with a light pear bouquet with a slight hint of pineapple. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is round, slightly tangy, and shows some saline and minerality along with its lime like flavors. The finish is off dry, still tangy, and brief. This wine would pair nicely with coq au vin. Enjoy - Ken"


Ken Hoggins, KensWineGuide.com, Dec 31, 2007

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Terra Montosa Riesling (2006) - "Pale yellow. Subtle aromas of fresh peach, grapefruit and lemon oil. Sweet tropical fruit flavors are lifted by tangy, saline minerality. Nicely balanced wine with enticing spicy kick on the back end. In a classical Rheingau style."


Joel Payne, International Wine Cellar, Dec 31, 2007

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Terra Montosa Riesling (2005) - "Full, very attractive. Great flavour and balance. "

Bronze Medal - World Wine Awards
Giles MacDonogh, Decanter, Sep 30, 2007

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2005) - "This has an exotic character, bursting with candied berry and citrus notes, lanolin and hints of vanilla and other spices. Very elegant, sacrificing some thickness for terrific balance and harmony. Best from 2008 through 2048. 5 cases made."

98 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jan 1, 2007

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2005) - "A touch of vanilla suggests that a new barrel was used for this. Adds spice and a creamy texture to the concentrated pear and lemon flavors. Clean and juicy, gliding to the long finish. Atypical, but rich and tasty. Drink now through 2020. 25 cases made."

95 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jan 1, 2007

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Rauenthal Nonnenberg Auslese GK (2005) - "Super-concentrated, featuring lanolin, pear and lemon flavors. Sweet but succulent, this is backed by a lively spine of acidity. Has great intensity on a gossamer frame, ending in a long, honeyed aftertaste. Drink now through 2030."

97 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jan 1, 2007

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Rüdesheim Berg Roseneck Auslese Goldkapsel (2005) - "Pale. Gold. Preserved apricots, quince and lemon oil drift over faint musky botrytis. Luscious and smoky, with an almost caramelized quality to the pineapple fruit. The sweet notes marry with salty mineral traces on the creamy finish"

91 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 1, 2007

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Rüdesheim Berg Rottland Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2005) - "Pale gold. Unctuous aromas of candied peach, acacia honey and brown spices blend with the honeyed botrytis. The creamy mixture of tropical fruits is nicely balanced by firm acidity. Finishes spicy and rich. "

91+ Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 1, 2007

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Terra Montosa Riesling (2005) - "Pale yellow Floral aromas with a hint of peach. Soft, sweet tropical fruits on the palate, with a creamy texture nicely juxtaposed with refreshing acidity. Well balanced."


Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 1, 2007

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg (2004) - "The definition of exceptional Rheingau, this is dry, but far from austere, with a wealth of citrus blossom, apple and mango flavors kept firm by profound minerals and searing acidity. Drink now-20 years."

Riesling recommendation - ****
Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide 2007, Oct 1, 2006

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Rauenthal Nonnenberg Riesling Auslese (2003) - "Insanely priced, but if you love ultrasticky dessert wines, this is one you'll want to try at least once. Shows the merest hint of volatility on the nose, but also striking floral and mineral components. Broad and viscous on the palate, with intensely honeyed flavors of dried apricots and orange marmalade that last a long, long time. Should age virtually forever. "

94 Points
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, Sep 1, 2006

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2004) - "A thick, dense white, silky-smooth and full of apricot, mango, peach and lemon candy flavors. It's firmly structured and has a tactile sensation, with an almost salty, mineral finish. It picks up honey on the aftertaste."

93 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2006

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Rüdesheim Berg Rottland Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2004) - "Rich and ample, with peach, nectarine and tangerine aromas and flavors that match its elegance and finesse. It's defined by a vibrant structure, with everything in the right proportion."

92 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2006

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Beerenauslese (2004) - "Rich gold. Heady aromas of peach preserves, acacia honey and nutmeg. Creamy, thick and almost honeyed on the palate, with the wine currently hiding its minerality behind the overripe fruit. Deeper but less elegant than the finer Gold Capsule Auslese."

91 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 1, 2006

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2004) - "Pale gold. Full-blown aromas of candied peach and honey blended with spicy botrytis tones of cinnamon and clove. The creamy tropical fruits are spiked by vibrant, spicy acidity. Rich, juicy and elegant on the finish. The finer of the two gold capsule ausleses from this estate in 2004. "

93 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 1, 2006

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Rüdesheim Berg Rottland Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2004) - "Pale gold. Dried apricot, quince and candle wax float over the botrytis on the nose. Lush and smoky, with almost caramelized fruit. The sweet texture combines with salty mineral notes on a creamy finish."

92 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 1, 2006

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2004) - "Lively aromas of apricot, bosc pear and toasted almond. Firm to the point of austere, with a peach flavor complemented by rich, salty minerality. Still youthfully closed, but displays superb length and polish."

91 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Jan 1, 2006

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Terra Montosa Riesling (2003) - "The '03 shows perfumed notes of apricot, rhubarb and spiced pear, concentrated and persistent, with refined length. Cellar it for a few years to develop complexity, or serve now with langoustines."

92 Points
Peter Liem, Wine & Spirits, Dec 1, 2005

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2004) - "...smells of lime, honey and spices, and comes onto the palate extraordinarily creamy and delicate in texture and tasting like a sorbet of spice tinged lime, quince and white peach. This persists with a delightfully juicy, limey, fresh orchard fruit character alongside rich notes of fruit preserve and honey. It's hard to imagine a much better example of the gravity-defying potential of the vintage or of the extraordinary pains Heinrich Breuer and his team take to capture optimal botrytis and perfectly over-ripe fruit."

94 Points
David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, Oct 31, 2005

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Beerenauslese (2004) - "The 2004 Rudesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Beerenauslese smells wonderfully of quince, pear nectar, honey, sweet lime and gardenia or lily. The palate remarkably combines sheer viscosity with lightness of touch, featuring quince, caramelized pear, vanilla, and sweet florals. The finish is like a delicate puff pastry filled with vanilla butter cream and quince preserves. This is the sort of pure, refined early-botrytis wine for which the Breuer estate is justly renowned. No need for this relatively sedate wine to shout about its ripeness and noble rot ? or for that matter anything else. Just swallow (I couldn’t spit!), pause for a minute and let its effect sink in."

94 Points
David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, Sep 30, 2005

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Rüdesheim Berg Roseneck (2005) - "There's a lot of pear and peach squeezed into a lithe frame in this elegant white. Combines a lively structure with concentrated flavors, ingering effortlessly on the finish. Very harmonious. Drink now through 2022."

94 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Dec 31, 1969

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Rauenthal Nonnenberg Trockenbeerenauslese (2005) - "Lively and lush, this delivers its dried apricot, orange peel, beeswax and mineral flavors on a beam of acidity. Remains very focused and fresh, with a long, tangy, dried citrus-filled aftertaste. Drink now through 2050. "

98 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Dec 31, 1969

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2005) - "Rich gold. Succulent aromas of peach preserves, clove and cinnamon. Creamy, almost honeyed on the palate, the wine hiding its minerality amidst the overripe fruit. But bright as well as deep, and persistently spicy on the finish."

92 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Dec 31, 1969

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Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2005) - "Pale yellow with a greenish tinge. Bright aromas of apricot pit, persimmon and toasted almond. Closed, almost austere wine with a peach flavor complemented by rich, salty minerality. Quite polished and persistent. Offers excellent potential."

90 Points
Joel B. Payne, International Wine Cellar, Dec 31, 1969

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