Here a couple of recent attacks to my stock of 2004 MSR wines. These wines are now at the pineacle of their primary fruit phase:
J.J. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese - 12 - 2004
: Absolutely amazing stuff: the weight is that of a kabinett of many other estates, yet the precision and intensity on the palate is simply too much.
Daniel Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Spätlese - 4 - 2004
: (NB there are two regular Spätlese, one fermented with SiHa7 - #5 - and this one which is fermented with ambient yeasts) A pure joy and a great young puppy. Impeccably balanced and intense, but in a totally different way than JJ's wines: this has the weight of a GK Auslese at Prüm
Theo Haart Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Kabinett 1stes Gewächs 2004
: this one is only sold through the trade (no possibility to buy any at the Estate). Spätlese in weight and yet Kabinett in style. This is full of exotic fruit and yet so refreshing. Nice stuff.
Dr. Thanisch - Erben Thanisch Berncasteler Doctor Kabinett 2004
: intense nose of minerals and ripe multi-layered peaches, great depth, superbly balanced on the palate, this is really nice powerful stuff. It is probably too powerful for the tender Ruhrberg buds, but it is sure fun to drink.
Willi Schafer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese - 10 - 2004
: This is so well balanced, but has sort of shut down. Shit, I will have to wait now ...
Schloss Lieser Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldkapsel - 13- 2004
: (The - 13 - was a small cask of 300 l of 100% botrytis fruit). Smoky, smoky, smoky. Totally primary and unevolved, as if it was a cask sample. This looks very, very promising. At the moment, the sheer size of the wine hides away any potential finesse.