Scoring 19 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, the 37 year-old 1983 Ayler Kupp Riesling Auslese from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer has 9 % alcohol and cost less than $15 back then. It was floral with some petro on the nose. It was refreshingly sweet with excellent acid-fruit balance. It was deep gold and aging well.

There was also white peach and melon on the nose and in the taste.

We use the wine with a fruit salad and then as dessert all by itself. It was remarkable!

The Riesling Auslese had another decade to go and possibly even longer to hold its peak. Ayler Kupp was a producer I use to buy by the case with Dionysian Archie Mazzoli, God bless him. This just shows that high alcohol wines are not the answer to getting more people into quality wine. In Vino Veritas.