($59) Medium green-yellow. Citrus zest and yellow plum are displayed on the still-shy nose. Downright aristocratic in its precise varietal expression and clarity of pure peach and pear. Subtle tropical fruit nuances give complexity to the long finish. This seductive riesling offers excellent potential for further development in bottle.
Drink Dates: 2007-2015
Author: Peter Moser
Issue: November/December 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 89
Crunchy and spicy, with ripe peach, smoke and white plum flavors, which linger with mango and guava on the finish. Exotic-tasting, with a nice richness. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 665 cases made.
Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Author: Kim Marcus
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
Nigl's 2005 Riesling Privat - from the Piri - both smells and tastes of scallops and shrimp shells, along with the more expected fine herbs, flowers, and citrus. The palate impression is cool and refined, with juicy melon and citrus subtly laced with floral, herbal, and marine mineral notes. Leaner than the other Rieslings here today, it is also exceptionally long and refined, and full of fascinating interplay. I would pick this to improve for a decade in the cellar. One reason for the quality and personality of this bottling can be glimpsed in a smoky, sweaty, intensely aromatic, voluminous, but disappointingly short (conceivably bottle-shocked) |Riesling Reserve| that constitutes a first picking in the best portions of the Piri to cull botrytized fruit.
Crisp (good but not sharp acidity), dry riesling with classic aromas and flavors of the grape shining through. Some funkiness on the nose (sulphur?) when opened but not from cork as this is a screw top. Any way, the unpleasant aroma blew off in a few minutes and the wine really opened up as it warmed up in the glass. Combination of some citrus, peach (modest), and tropical fruits, all of which blended together nicely as you savor the finish.