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Date Printed: 4/18/2015
Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2003
Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2003
(search item no. 83109)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2015: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2003 Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese can be compared with butterflies: extremely colorful but also very light. The Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, where this wine is produced, is known for the finest Riesling wines in the world. The Mosel yields the softest, broadest and fullest wines, the Saar the steeliest and most austere, the Ruwer the most fragrant, with a fine fruity acidity.

"Good depth and richness here, yet balanced by soft acids, minerality and spice. Hints of kerosene spark the aromas, which also boast ripe apple and pear notes. Baked tree fruit on the palate, wrapped in minerals and spice, yet not overly heavy."--90 pts, Wine Enthusiast

"Although sporting all the sweetness and fruit that the vintage predicts, this beautifully balanced wine is always trim and free of fat with a wonderful marriage of sugar and vibrant acidity. Its insistent themes of sweet limes, pineapple and green apples are underlain by touches of stone and slate, and the wine maintains an uncanny sense of delicacy despite being so very rich."
-Connoisseurs Guide

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About Maximin Grunhauser:

First documented in 966 A.D. the von Schubert estate is not only one of the oldest but also one of the best. They are sole owners (Monopole) of the 3 vineyards (Abtsberg, Bruderberg and Herrenberg) that the estates wines are coming from. Since 1982, Dr. Carl von Schubert manages the estate according to the motto: "As much handling as necessary, but as little as possible", putting him and his wines worldwide in the top class.