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Bill Hooper


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Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:46 am


McMinnville, OR

WTN: Schaetzel Riesling Kaefferkopf 'Granit' 2002

by Bill Hooper » Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:01 pm

Legislation earlier this year has granted Kaefferkopf with long awaited Grand Cru status. This is a good thing in that many people consider her the finest of Alsace’s vineyards. It is also good that when I bought, this bottle, there was no such thing as Grand Cru Kaefferkopf, thus saving our hero a few dollars all in the name of bureaucracy. It is an immediately appealing wine, with white peach, clementine, apple blossom, tarragon, and vanilla. The mineral is stony and the acid is no longer kitchen-knife sharp, but it tastes wonderfully fresh, and would certainly benefit from years in the cellar. Schaetzels elegant style shows well -if the usually aggressive Kaefferkopf doesn't wear a choke-collar in this incarnation, it wears a leash. I like it a lot, and so will the many ZH/Weinbach disapprovers out there :D . 13% $37ish?


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