Sunday, July 5, 2009

1982 Rheingau

1982 Schloss Schönborn

1982 Schloss Schönborn Hattenheimer Pfaffenberg Riesling Spätlese, Rheingau

Opened alongside the 1994 Schloss Schönborn. The oldest white wine I've ever tasted, and it was wonderful.

Dark, moldy, stained cork. Again, still intact and drew out cleanly. Great cellars in Germany. This wine was totally different than the 1994 Kabinett. Deep golden in colour, with a luminous rim. Very open bouquet. Musky, with lots of petrol character, stewed apples, and honey. Follows through on the palate, with great balance. Sweetness holding on, counterbalancing the acidity perfectly. Very long, chlorine-like finish. Very good length.

An excellent wine, very delicious. Perfect weight, at 9.5% alcohol. Maybe could have shown better 3 or 4 years ago, but this is an exceptional wine.


  1. putting aside the great review of the wine, which is expected already, I enjoyed this shot a lot!

  2. Thanks man. I was playing around with this for a bit, wanted to get it before the sun went down. I was worried about the streak of light going down the right side - didn't know how to minimize it.

    Waiting for you guys to get back, dinner at my place - I have a few other 1980's rieslings for everyone to taste.

  3. to be picky about things, watch your reflections next time. it blocked off part of the table in this shot