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Willi Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2005

February 6, 2008

 (image is of Kabinett) ~$16US, 100% Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Straw. Classic Mosel nose of dusty slate and yellow fruits.  Fresh pipe peaches and stewed apricots in the mouth – just lush and delicious. Definitely sweety-fruity through he midpalate, but balanced with enough acidic lift to change directions and finish dry. The sweetness integrated great with food – as a contrast to a Cuban-roasted pork tenderloin, and a complement to the roasted butternut squash alongside it. As the wine settled at room temperature, it became a little cloying and lost a little focus in the finish. Overall a really fun weeknight wine, offering food-friendliness, balanced acidity, interesting minerality and pure fruit – all things which I find myself prizing in wine more and more. 

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