Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Sainte Catherine (1.5L) 2005 Front Label
Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Sainte Catherine (1.5L) 2005 Front Label

Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Sainte Catherine (1.5L) 2005

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More power on the nose. Very ripe on the palate. A little less acidity shows on the palate since the wine has lots of meaty fruit that has a stony quality to it, too. The wine has lots of varietal character with lemon meringue and smoke and a very long, graceful and elegant finish.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From largely old vines in the middle slope of the cru, Weinbach's 2005 Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Saint Catherine smells in a by now very familiar manner of citrus oil, peach kernel, smoke and spice, here with a pineapple overtone. Enormously ripe and lush, with tropical tendencies to its fruit and deep nut oil richness, this nevertheless also displays the most prominent and stony mineral character and the tightest, brightest coil of acidity of any Weinbach 2005 Riesling, and its long finish is truly dry-tasting. This intense beauty should we well worth following – indeed improve – over at least a 12-15 year period, and those (like this taster) who are most fascinated by mature Riesling will – after a prudent interim assessment – probably choose to hold it longer.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
This aromatic white shows lime-tinged flavors of apricot and red grapefruit. The racy acidity keeps it balanced and structured, with a white pepper-filled finish.
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At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill in Alsace stands one of the finest estates in all of France. Weinbach produces richly concentrated, fragrant dry Rieslings, for which the Grand Cru Schlossberg vineyard is particularly well-situated. Ranging from the delicate Reserve Personelle, to the intense, dry Cuvée Théo, the elegant, very dry, very fine Schlossberg, the rich and fruity Cuvée Ste. Catherine, to the majestic and full-bodied Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine, each Riesling is distinctive. The rich, rose-scented, spicy Gewurztraminers from Domaine Weinbach are among the finest in the world. Ranging in style from the slightly sweet, rich and powerful Altenbourg Cuvée Laurence, to the stunning, full-bodied, off-dry Grand Cru Furstentum Cuvée Laurence, these are rich yet elegant wines with great aromatic complexity.

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With its fairytale aesthetic, Germanic influence and strong emphasis on white wines, Alsace is one of France’s most unique viticultural regions. This hotly contested stretch of land running north to south on France’s northeastern border has spent much of its existence as German territory. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Vosges mountains, it is one of the driest regions of France but enjoys a long and cool growing season. Autumn humidity facilitates the development of “noble rot” for the production of late-picked sweet wines, Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles.

The best wines of Alsace can be described as aromatic and honeyed, even when completely dry. The region’s “noble” varieties, the only ones permitted within Alsace’s 51 Grands Crus vineyards, are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, and Pinot Gris.

Riesling is Alsace’s main specialty. In its youth, Alsace Riesling is dry, fresh and floral, but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Gewurztraminer is known for its signature spice and lychee aromatics, and is often utilized for late harvest wines. Pinot Gris is prized for its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavors. Muscat, vinified dry, tastes of ripe green grapes and fresh rose petal.

Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Chasselas, Sylvaner and Pinot Noir—the only red grape permitted in Alsace and mainly used for sparkling rosé known as Crémant d’Alsace. Most Alsace wines are single-varietal bottlings and unlike other French regions, are also labeled with the variety name.

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Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, this versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Somm Secret—Given how difficult it is to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling from the label, here are some clues to find the dry ones. First, look for the world “trocken.” (“Halbtrocken” or “feinherb” mean off-dry.) Also a higher abv usually indicates a drier Riesling.

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