Dr. Lippold Urziger Wurzgarten Weltersberg Alte Reben Riesling Auslese 2009
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Wine AdvocateAt around 50 grams of residual sugar and 10% alcohol, Lippold's 2009 Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese Alte Reben Weltersberg A.P. #1 - what he terms "classic" style - superficially resembles his 2008 Spatlese. Kiwi, lime, and licorice here suggest a sort of hybrid between Wurzgarten and (Erdener) Treppchen. The bittersweet herbal tone here is beautifully supported by the wine's (considering modern standards for sweet Auslese) modest residual sugar and this boasts subtle creaminess, buoyancy, and sense of transparency to stony, saline, and spicy nuances in a lusciously lingering finish. Lippold has been laying great emphasis on long lees contact that was never part of his partner's regimen, and this Auslese was only racked and bottled in July. "Let me tell you," he joked, "Beni (Pfeiffer) was getting plenty nervous as it started getting warm and here we had this residually sweet wine still on its lees!" The results speak eloquently on behalf of the approach taken here, and should continue to for at least the next 20 years.