TN: 2001 Gunderloch - Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (Germany, Rheinhessen)

2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel - Germany, Rheinhessen (9/17/2020)
– popped and poured –
– tasted non-blind over a couple hours –
– AP #: … 18 02 –

NOSE: lovely aged Riesling aromatics — in the middle between primary and fully tertiary; light-to-medium petrol. Satisfying.

BODY: light amber color; no spritz; full bodied.

TASTE: oooooh! complete; smooth; apricot/orange marmalade; 9.5% alc. not noticeable; adequate acidity does prevent it from coming across as fat, but it does not stick-out in an overtly noticeable fashion; for my preferences, this in the front end of its prime drink window, which I suspect will stay open for quite some time.

50, 5, 13, 18, 9 = (95 pts.)

Is 9.5% ABV fairly high for a GKA? I feel like most of the ones I see are closer to 7.5% (and a 2019 Kab I just had was only 8.5%), but I can certainly be mistaken.

It’s a little higher than normal, but this is Rheinhessen, not Mosel, so higher ripeness and higher alcohol.