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2002 Alfred Merkelbach - Kinheimer Rosenberg Riesling Kabinett

  • 85 WA
  • 87 WS
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SKU: 52494-2002-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating:

    ($15) The Kinheimer Rosenberg at its best cannot compete with the subtle complexities of the best riesling from Treppchen or Wurzgarten, but there are certain circumstances in which it shines, and this is an example. Pure pear nectar aroma and flavor (a site signature, in fact) are here drenched with vanilla cream. Delicate, airy and refreshing in fruit, tactily slatey and faintly prickly in its acids, yet all the while suggestively creamy. Given the warm weather and their accommodating stance toward Mother Nature, the Merkelbachs haven't rendered a lot of genuine Kabinett in recent years, and this gem brings back fond memories of the cooler vintages of the '80s. 1 star.
    Author: David Schildknecht
    Issue: January/February 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    A delicate white, with peach and slate flavors and a creamy texture, supported by a crisp structure.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 85

    This estate's 2002 Riesling Kabinett Kinheimer Rosenberg is a little strange. Its yogurt-like, lactic aromas lead to a fresh, oily-textured, light to medium-bodied core of milky slate and mineral flavors.
    Author: Pierre Rovani
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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 17 bottles owned
    • 5 collectors