Saturday, September 26, 2009

1999 Rheingau

1999 Schloss Schönborn

1999 Schloss Schönborn Riesling Kabinett, QmP Rheingau

Truly living from bottle to bottle. Let's go.

Opens with a lovely golden colour, still youthful looking, but with a depth and luminosity. Beautiful, classic nose. I've had many vintages of Kabinett from this estate, and it doesn't disappoint. Lots of apple and pear, but with a flinty, gunpowder aroma and just a hint of oily muskiness. A lot of freshness. In the mouth, the most impressive thing is the balance. Just great equilibrium between the sweetness and high acidity that this producer prefers. Beautiful fruit. Crystalline. Finishes a bit on the acidic side, but very focused, very fresh, and incredibly refreshing. Did not have to ice this wine at all - regardless of temperature, this wine maintains an incredible intensity and focus.

Lovely wine. Drinking beautifully now, I would not hold it any longer, lest the acidity begin to overpower the sweet.

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