It has been 20 years since the spectacular German Riesling vintage of 2001. What made the vintage so special was the "Golden October" with warm weather that allowed the grapes to ripen to perfection. Wine Spectator gave the vintage it's highest rating of any year since 1971 (it remains the highest rated vintage still). When the vintage was released, Wine Spectator wrote this glowing article:
I'm sure there are many of the older members of this board who bought heavily into that vintage. I think I ended up with about 6 cases of which I still have about 2.5 cases left. Most of what I have left falls into the Spatlese and Auslese categories with a few GG's and dessert wines. I've been drinking them slowly (more slowly than I thought I would). Over the last few years I've had the following wines:
2001 J & HA Strub Niersteiner Paterberg Riesling Spätlese *** - 91 points
2001 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese #5 - 90 points
2001 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese - 88 points.
2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese ** - 96 points
2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese - 92 points
In my opinion, they are holding up very well and showing some beautifully aged profiles. Creamier and richer than the pure tropical fruit notes in their youth.
For those who bought into the vintage, I'm interested to hear your opinions on your experiences together with how many bottles you might have left in your cellar and what you may have drunk recently.