6:00 PM EDT - the moment of rapture has come. Salil, Laura and I have just finished a sinful, 6 hour lunch, but something more is needed as the end of the world descends upon us:
1998 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Eiswein
This is probably the greatest sweet wine I have ever tasted in my life. Iced peach and strawberry with spicy, honeyed overtones give some description of the flavors, but do almost nothing to convey the experience of a wine that could be doled out with an eye dropper yet still provide more mouth filling flavor and persistence than in a magnum of a normal wine. Each miniscule mouthful was an explosion of flavor with blazing acidity that was perfectly buffered by the equally intense sweetness. There’s really very little way to adequately describe the experience, except to say wow. Bravo to Hans Leo Christoffel for shepherding a masterpiece into being.
The world did not end, but there’s no more of this wine in the cellar, so it feels as if the end did come today.