Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht): “Bittersweet scents of buddleia and iris on the nose of Schonlebers’ 2011 Monzinger Fruhlingsplatzchen Riesling trocken fetchingly persist inner-mouth, along with fresh apple and mirabelle in a context of textural caress, gloss, and expansiveness but also of vibrant refreshment. There is a sense of mid-palate looseness here that proves easy-going and enhances the overall sense of generosity. In the finish, hints of salt and stone add to the satisfaction and the desire to take the next sip. While by no means comparable in quality to the amazingly complex and poised 2010, this ought to prove distinctively delightful for at least a half-dozen years.
Veteran Werner Schonleber stresses the role played in 2011’s high quality by tiny drought-impacted berries as well as, naturally, the growing season’s early start; generally cool nighttime temperatures; and five weeks of ideal weather from mid-September on. That small berry size obviated any green harvest, but there was a substantial “pre-harvest” of Riesling – destined largely for generic bottlings – from September 26, with the two Pinots being picked immediately thereafter. The main harvest for Riesling commenced October 3, lasting for two weeks. Like many estates, botrytis arrived here directly on the heels of the heavy rain that fell around September 10-12, but dried to ideal purity and fineness to serve for ennobling concentration without overtly fungal character or less desirable concurrent infections.” 91/100 pts