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These Rheingau wines were poured this weekend at Vinexpo. The 2003's will not be available in the US until later this year. To my knowledge, the wines from this estate are not vineyard designated. Their wines are marked by natural aromas, minerality and racy acidity. The winemaker at the booth claimed the 2003's were the best since 1949 but my favorite wine was the lone 2002 they poured. Another reason why I think the 2002 vintage was better than the 2003 in the Rheingau.

Here are my notes (from driest to sweetest):

2003 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Halbtrocken Kabinett- This was a nice pleasant patio wine. No detailed notes. 87 points.

2003 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett- The sweetness adds a little depth which I preferred. Apple and flinty notes. Good acidity. 88 points.

2003 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spatlese- A very clean aromatic wine. Pear and peachy notes. Firm minerality. Most likely declassified fruit based on the sweetness and depth. 90 points.

2002 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Auslese- Here is a very concentrated wine. Vibrant acidity with peach and spice notes. Fine minerality and a long finish. 91-92 points.

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2003 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spatlese


This was one of my $8 purchases from '08 that I had noted above. A deeper and darker yellow color than I remembered and seems to now be a bit more "honeyed" and sweeter. Perhaps it now has a few faint petrol notes as well. I had this with a spicy Thai basil chicken dish and it was a nice match. It had just enough acidity to offset the sweetness.

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