Below is a response I received earlier on the forum. My apologies for the length and for forgetting who supplied the info.
The Selbach-Oster Eisein should be priced at $150. Grab it if you can find it for under $70.
JOH. JOS. PRÜM Riesling Auslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Graacher Himmelreich 2001
Score: 99 Price: $31
Stunning and exotic, combining passion fruit, lemon custard and apricot flavors and a featherweight, vibrant structure. Very dense and mouthcoating, it picks up citrus and mineral accents on the finish. Drink now through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 300 cases made. (BS)
SELBACH-OSTER Riesling Eiswein Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Zeltinger Himmelreich 2001
Score: 98 Price: $68
Great purity and focus are the hallmarks of this delicate, lively eiswein. It's like a pumped-up spätlese, with its peach, lime and slate flavors super intense and sharply etched into the racy structure. Long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2017. (BS)
H. DÖNNHOFF Riesling Spätlese Nahe Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle 2001
Score: 97 Highly Recommended
A beautifully understated spätlese, with subtle power, density and length. The passion fruit, sweet corn, berry, fennel and mineral notes are layered and just keep coming at you. Superbly balanced, it seems effortless and ethereal. The finish just melts away. Best from 2005 through 2020. 250 cases made. (BS)
EMRICH-SCHÖNLEBER Riesling Auslese Nahe Monzinger Halenberg 2001
Score: 97 Highly Recommended
Totally seductive aromas of passion fruit, while the flavors pick up sweet corn, grapefruit and pineapple and a piquant mineral note. Silky and rich, with a deceptively vibrant structure that's covered by sweetness now. This is young and needs time to harmonize, but already you can experience the complexity and class. Best from 2006 through 2025. 170 cases made. (BS)
MAX FERD. RICHTER Riesling Eiswein** Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Mülheimer Helenenkloster 2001
Score: 97 Price: $85
A mélange of tropical fruits--passion fruit, tangerine, mango--highlight this delicate, intense Riesling. It has a vibrant structure and fine concentration, all wonderfully balanced and expressive. Terrific finish too. Drink now through 2015. 25 cases made. (BS)
DR. F. WEINS-PRÜM Riesling Auslese Gold Cap Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2001
Score: 97 Price: $93
A super '01 auslese. Dense and mouthcoating, exuding spice, baked apple and mineral aromas and flavors woven into a succulent texture and fine structure. Very well-balanced and graceful, with just a hint of residual sweetness showing on the finish. Time will take care of that. Best from 2006 through 2020. 50 cases made. (BS)
H. DÖNNHOFF Riesling Auslese Nahe Oberhäuser Brücke 2001
Score: 96 Price: $48
A laser beam of fruit and mineral. Vivid aromas and flavors of apricot, mandarin orange, vanilla and mineral are etched into an incisive structure. The texture is creamy, yet the overall impression is very intense and focused. Drink now through 2020. (BS)
GUNDERLOCH Riesling Auslese Gold Cap Rheinhessen Nackenheim Rothenberg 2001
Score: 96 Price: $52
Intense and high-toned, with pineapple, honey, spice and earth highlighting the flavor spectrum. A little out of sorts today. Its lovely texture and finesse revealed itself with air, but this needs time. Great finish. Drink now through 2010. 150 cases made. (BS)
DR. LOOSEN Riesling Auslese Gold Cap Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Ürziger Würzgarten 2001
Score: 96 Price: $35
This is lovely. Seamless and elegant, offering apricot, spice and mineral aromas and flavors on a lightweight, firm frame. Very expressive of the site. Drink now through 2015. (BS)
JOH. JOS. PRÜM Riesling Auslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2001
Score: 96 Price: $36
Piercing scent of slate, then the palate is awash in peach, pear and lime notes, intricately layered in the dense, yet clear texture. Beautifully defined by a firm, well-integrated structure, with an endless finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,500 cases made. (BS)
JOH. JOS. PRÜM Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2001
Score: 96 Highly Recommended
A completely seductive and appealing '01 spätlese. Seamless and airy in texture, yet layered with peach, citrus and mineral aromas and flavors enmeshed in the delicate frame. Lovely finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,500 cases made. (BS)
SELBACH-OSTER Riesling Eiswein Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Bernkasteler Badstube 2001
Score: 96 Price: $88
An ethereal eiswein. Very light on the palate, yet packed with creamy vanilla, pastry, and citrus notes, all supported by lively acidity. It picks up a smoky mineral note on the finish. Delicious. Drink now through 2015. (BS)
SELBACH-OSTER Riesling Auslese* Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Zeltinger Himmelreich 2001
Score: 96 Price: $25
Elusive flavors of passion fruit, orange and mineral grace this rich, yet bracingly taut auslese. The acidity sweeps in on the finish, leaving a lengthy, haunting impression of fruit and stone. Drink now through 2020. (BS)
DR. H. THANISCH(MÜLLER-BURGGRAEF) Riesling Eiswein Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Berncasteler Doctor 2001
Score: 96 Price: $75
This is vivid, with intensity and concentration, yet remains elegant and holds your interest with banana, apricot, peach and vanilla notes. It needs some time to integrate all the elements. Drink now through 2015. 20 cases made. (BS)
J. WEGELER ERBEN Riesling Eiswein Rheingau Geisenheimer Rothenberg 2001
Score: 96 Price: $69
Harmonious, creamy and elegant, offering peach, apple and pear notes backed by tangy acidity and dense texture. It stays persistent through the long, smoky finish. Drink now through 2017. 25 cases imported. (BS)
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Here are my rules-of-thumb, with all the usual provisos It presumes on good Riesling from a good grower and a good site in a good vintage.
KABINETT: peaks from 4-6 years (if it’s true Kabinett and not declassified Auslese) and shouldn’t fade till about age 15. Again, it’s not an abrupt demise, but rather a deliberate twilight slide. That said, I have in mind that 1961 Kabinett I drank at Schmitt-Wagner a couple weeks ago – 42 years old and going strong.
SPATLESE: peaks from 7-10 years and shouldn’t fade till about age 25.
AUSLESE: peaks from 12-15 years and shouldn’t fade till about age 35.
BEERENAUSLESE: peaks from 25 years or so, and shouldn’t fade till about age 50.
TBA: I know you’ll hate to hear this, but these wines aren’t designed to fit into a human lifetime. Unless you started buying TBA when you were, like, seventeen, every bottle you have will outlive you. I drank a bunch of 1953 TBA this year (in honor of my ghastly birthday) and several of them had more improvement ahead of them. So, peaks anywhere between 35 and 55 years, and shouldn’t fade till the Red Sox play the Cubs in the series – and the Cubbies win.