TJ, good to see you try some rieslings. Since I love the fact that German rieslings are underpriced wines, I enjoy it when people say that they don't like them. I can certainly understand why a lot of people don't like them. It is extremely difficult to find a decent selection anywhere and most people drink them way too early - they age extremely well - so it may seem too sweet for them. That is why I prefer to buy kabinets and spatlese's for drinking and auslese's for aging.
BTW, I just joined San Francisco Chapter of The German Wine Society (www.germanwinesociety.org). This will give me the great opportunity to go to events with the top producers, distributors wine writers, experts and wine lovers like me. I still consider some of the 1971 German rieslings to be the finest wines I have ever had, and I'm hoping that the 2001's will come close to this great vintage.