Ridiculously charming a loveable, dancing wine; a little girl very neat in her school uniform, playing hopscotch on her way home; among the most innocent and child-like of any '09 I tasted; lots of lime and garrigue and sassafrass, piercing brightness, whistling to itself as it skips out of view around the corner. One can be fond of wine like this.
This offers the essence of apple tart, with rich, creamy notes and a lively spiciness. Finishes with vanilla and hints of ripe melon. Drink now through 2014. 200 cases imported.
The generic Diel 2009 Burg Layen Riesling Kabinett (corresponding more or less to the wine labeled last year as "Burg Layen Kabinett") is generous with apple and pear; tinged with Erdener Treppchen-like notes of sassafras and licorice; and finishes with subtle sweetness, ample juiciness, and alluring underlying nuttiness. A mysterious hint of gentian emerged in one of the two bottles I tasted as it opened to the air. This combines creaminess, refreshment, and interactive complexity in a manner that anticipates the striking success of the Diel single-vineyard Kabinetts. And at 10.5% alcohol, it sacrifices no sense of levity or delicacy yet is able to project merely discreet sweetness. Enjoy this delightfully versatile Riesling over the next 10-12 years.
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