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WTN: a Schaefer and two California reds

by Patchen Markell » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:43 pm

Willi Schaefer 2002 Riesling Spätlese, Graacher Domprobst. I'd never peg this for 16 years old. Concentrated, fairly ripe stone fruit, red fruit, bitter peach-skin, lots of depth, but a little hard and unyielding on the back end. Not much in the way of tertiary development. That makes it sound less pleasant than it was; it was very good, but I suspect it could have gone another decade. Last bottle.

Ridge 2006 Sonoma County Carignane, Buchignani Ranch (ATP). The faint shadow of strawberry roll-up lingering on a blackened log. I like Ridge's Carignanes, but this one was over the hill.

Lodi Native / Fields Family Wines 2013 Lodi Zinfandel, Stampede Vineyard. The last from the six-pack of Lodi Native wines, and this is pretty good. ABV 13.9% (!), dark but not opaque ruby color, very bright cranberry-raspberry-brambly fruit with more concentration than the thinnish color suggests. Very old-school, almost to the point of austerity, but I enjoyed this more than the ones from this package that erred in the other direction.
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Re: WTN: a Schaefer and two California reds

by David M. Bueker » Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:05 pm

Schaefer nailed it in 2002 after turning in a less than stellar 2001 performance.
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Re: WTN: a Schaefer and two California reds

by Dale Williams » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:57 pm

Not had this Spatlese but loved both the '02s kabs (GD and WS).
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Re: WTN: a Schaefer and two California reds

by Patchen Markell » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:02 pm

I think I may only have bought two of these, but went through several of the GD Kabs. I believe it was the first vintage of Schaefer I had had, and it was persuasive...
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