1989 Niederhauser Felsen Steyer Riesling Auslese, Nahe, Germany 41449

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This intoxicating Auslese ('selected' late harvest) proves with stunning ease the incredible ageability of Riesling. Frankly, 1989 isn't really that old for an aged Riesling but it happened to be an excellent vintage year for botrytus wines in Germany and we can see why with this wonderful example. It's a wine for any lover of Riesling or anyone who appreciates wine with a little time in bottle. And, for only $24 it's an easy call to experience greatness without breaking the bank. Hailing from the Anheuser family (yes, the same ones who make the beer), Rudolf and his son Paul are the 13th and 14th generation to cultivate vines in the Nahe village of Bad Kreuznach. Riesling makes up 70% of their vineyard holdings yet they also grow Gewürztraminer Scheurebe, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Dornfelder. Everything is done by hand by the family following the traditions of their ancestors with only a little modern technology to ensure the wines are stable and fit for aging.

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