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WTN: 2011 Selbach Saar Riesling Spätlese

by David M. Bueker » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:42 am

2011 Selbach Saar Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (3/24/2013)
The more time goes by the more this wine sheds a layer of fat, and shows some underlying structure and tightens up on the finish. Lots of lime and leafy elements dominarte on the nose and palate, emphasizing that this is a Saar wine. It's rich, but balanced, and quietly drinkable. Before you know it the glass is empty. Great value for about $15. (88 pts.)
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Re: WTN: 2011 Selbach Saar Riesling Spätlese

by Bill Spohn » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:14 pm

Just a question on when to try this sort of wine, David.

Do you usually open a Spatlese at this young age? If so, is it just for assessment purposes or do you like drinking them that young?

I have some 2007 and 2006 Spatlese I haven't even thought of broaching yet, although it is probably time to assess a bottle. Just curious as I know many people drink German wines with little or no aging.

BTW, you'd appreciate this - was rustling through the cellar last weekend and found a bottle of 1976 Beerenauslese I'd forgotten I had! Now to find a time to open it!

Guess I could open it when Jenise beats me at bocce, but I fear it might go over the hill before that happens.... :twisted:
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Re: WTN: 2011 Selbach Saar Riesling Spätlese

by David M. Bueker » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:46 pm

Bill,

I generally open spätlese very young or after 10+ years. This particular wine is also very inexpensive, so I am planning to open most (but not all) of them young.
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Re: WTN: 2011 Selbach Saar Riesling Spätlese

by Jenise » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:47 pm

Bill Spohn wrote:Guess I could open it when Jenise beats me at bocce, but I fear it might go over the hill before that happens.... :twisted:


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Re: WTN: 2011 Selbach Saar Riesling Spätlese

by Dale Williams » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:50 am

David M. Bueker wrote: generally open spätlese very young or after 10+ years. This particular wine is also very inexpensive, so I am planning to open most (but not all) of them young.


That's my usual strategy as well. I'm pretty much ignoring 2005s and 2006s these days, and I think most 2008s and 2009s seem to have shut down a bit. 2007s I've actually had some that seem fairly open.

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