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2009 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinett - 750 ml

92
RP

Product ID: 49541-750-AI
Availability: Out of Stock
Vintage: 2009
Format: 750 ml
Color: White
Country: Germany
Producer: Zilliken
Rating: 92 RP
Type of Wine: German White
Varietal: Riesling

Description: From riper raw fruit than the corresponding "village" Kabinett that Zillikens bottled this year from the Rausch, their 2009 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinett harbors (in estate-typical fashion) 73 grams of residual sugar. "The grapes were essentially healthy," explains Hanno Zilliken, "but there were a few berries that had turned brown and begun to get botrytis, and here we left them in to make the wine more complex." Tropical notes of grapefruit and mango join the cherry and peach here, and from the first sip my salivary glands kicked in as they hadn't since several wines back in this year's line-up while savoring the feinherb and "Diabas" bottlings. Subtle smokiness and salinity thought by many observers (including this one) to be somehow related to the presence of diabase and quartzite respectively offer intriguing counterpoint for the fruit on a subtly creamy, irresistibly juicy, and delicately buoyant palate, while inner-mouth perfume of honeysuckle and iris waft through to the wine's long, luscious,lip licking finish. This will dazzle for two decades, and what an amazing value it represents!

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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