The forty-seven year-old 1975 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Johannisberg Riesling Late Harvest from Napa at 12% alcohol, costing $6.79 back then scored 18+ points on the Dionysian scale of 20.
They no longer make a Riesling. This one was very German, Mosel-like, with caramel notes over the Riesling floral aromas. The wine had browned completely, well, goldish brown. The fill, even though the cork was still good and hard to extract, was down two full inches. But, it held together and was delightful with exciting lingering flavors.
It was just past its peak, but would hav e been fine for another five years (except for the fill-level showing in its neck) It made me consider opening my final 1971 and 1976 German Rieslings. In Vino Veritas.
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