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The September 2020 Auction: Part 3

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Auction Ends: 9/17/2020 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #1026. Nikolaihof Riesling Cuvée Vinothek 1995

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 100 WA.
"Words nearly (!) failed when faced with Nikolaihof’s 1995 Riesling Vinothek, a Smaragd of 12.5% alcohol bottled after seventeen years in cask, and without question one of the most haunting Riesling wines of my experience. Frangipane, chamomile, freesia and rowan in the nose liquefy in a most extraordinary way on a silken palate to achieve an impression of virtually weightless floral perfume that glides all the way through to ... well, can you speak of “finish” when a wine doesn’t? Piquant nut oils and peach kernel along with a shadow-like shifting of subtly stony undertones lend counterpoint, enveloping richness, and further mystery to this amazing libation, bringing it, if you will – or at least, trying to bring it – down to earth. I won’t attempt to suggest how long this might continue on its magnificent way, though the closest precedent – Nikolaihof’s 1990 'Vinothek' bottling – isn’t fading. And this 1995 held up superbly for days after opening . . . . Even by Nikolaihof standards, the array of late and 'Vinothek' (very long cask-aged) releases over the past couple of years has been extraordinary, and while they may be expensive, they deliver unparalleled intrigue and rarified pleasure that promise to persist in bottle for many more years." Wine Advocate #212, Apr 2014
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $300

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