GERMANY
Author:  M.A. de la Mata
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1983 Riesling Auslese, Wegeler-Deinhard, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer ($NA). A delicious gift from my friend Aris Ragozeus. This man has some of the best old German wines cellar that I have ever seen. I wish he would leave town for a week and trust me with the key. I must say that I would have to perform a thorough quality assurance test on all the bottles he has to make sure that they are still O.K. This was a tarry wine with hints of spice and generous mouth feel of apricot. Long finish and still lively acidity. I paired this wine with Thai rice noodle spring rolls, ideal!

1989 Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg Goldkapsel Auslese, Crusius ($??). Very nice aromas, enticing and aging well, with a nice golden color. In the palate it offered apples, tar/grease, syrup, rich and intense spice and grapefruit flavors. Very nicely done with layers upon layers of nuances. Very long finish with distinct honey and grapefruit feel. VHR.

1991 Freinsheimer Goldberg Kabinett, Lingenfelder ($??). Quite a ripe and tarry wine with ripe apple-honey flavors. It offered nice concentration and heavy palate feel, yet a very short finish. I think that this wine needs some time to develop. ??

1991 Riesling Kabinett, Graacher Himmelraich, J. J Prum, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer ($18.99).  100% Riesling, no wood aging.  This producer is in my mind one of the best available in our market.  Gosh! After typing the wine description up there, my fingers are all twisty and I feel that I should stand up, put my right arm and hand rigidly extended upwards and forward, click my heels and yell HEIL!  Aside from that, the wine is just perfect.  It offers a tarry nose and palate, with heavy emphasis in body and spice, and beautiful and wholesome roundness.  The finish is long and complex with hints of spice, tar notes, and heavy honey, although not sweet at all.  The aging potential of the J.J. Prim wines is extraordinary.  You can put this wine away for at least a decade and it will get more concentrated and gain palate weight feel!  It can be enjoyed now, but five years will not hurt it.  In fact, they will arrest some of the acidity just enough to make it nearly orgasmic.  Lighter dishes, oriental cuisine.

1992 Hochheimer Herrnberg Kabinett Trocken, Franz Kunstler ($??). Nice acidity, without much fruit, very dry and refreshing, a bit of a salty flavor, with a very short finish. NR.

1993er Riesling Auslese, Weinhaus Am Rosenberg. I enjoyed this wine quite a bit. It was full of fruit and gentle spice flavors with tones of honey and ripe apple. An impeccable finish, off-dry and with lively acidity make this wine an excellent choice for salads, and seafood. Recommended.

1994 Oberemmeler Hutte Kabinett, von Hovel ($??). Not much aromatics here either. Firm acidity, some residual sugar present, elegant grapefruit flavors, and a very long and pleasant finish. R.

1994 Estate Kabinett, Dr. F. Weins-Prum ($??). Complex aromas and flavors of tangerine, honey, grapefruit. A nice sweetness was present with balanced acidity, and a long pleasant finish. R

1995 Niersteiner Bruckchen Kabinett, J.u.H.A. Strub ($??). Obvious lavender, orange, grapefruit aromas and flavors. Wholesome palate feel, dry, rounder, well layered, with some weight. Very long finish. HR.

Ratings: O - Orgasmic, VHR - Very Highly Recommended, HR - Highly Recommended, R - Recommended, NR - Not Recommended, LC - Liquid Crap