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The January 2021 Auction: Part 3

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Auction Ends: 1/14/2021 6:00:00 PM PST

Lot #418. Ostertag Riesling Fronholz 2008

Description: Consists of 2 Magnums, 1.5L
Region: France, Alsace, Epfig.
Score: 91 WA.
"Musky scents of narcissus along with green herbs and semi-ripe apricot scent the Ostertag 2008 Riesling Fronholz, anticipating the cool amalgam of floral and leafy notes on a subtly waxy, juicy, salt-tinged palate. Juicy fresh lime and a shrimp shell reduction-like savor render the long finish refreshing and saliva-inducing as well as intriguing. This cooling mineral bath of a Riesling which utterly belies its 14% alcohol should be worth following for 15 or more years. Andre Ostertag picked most of his 2008s in the second week of October – relatively early for that vintage – and only 8-10 days behind the period during which the bulk of his 2009s were brought in. “The central problem with 2009,” observes Ostertag, “was to achieve balanced dryness in the finished wines.” (He would exempt Gewurztraminer from that comment, because he always finishes it unapologetically sweet; though here too, as my tasting notes demonstrate, something to counterbalance residual sugar was wanting.) Ostertag calls 2008 “a classic vintage, in the manner of the 1980s (decade),” and on reflection came up with the vintage analogy that had most struck me, namely to 1988." Wine Advocate #194, May 2011
Provenance: The Imperial Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $100

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