Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht): “This ought to drink well for the better part of a decade, though I confess that while I have had frequent occasions to taste older Grosses Gewachs bottlings from this estate, I have not had an opportunity to follow-up on these (ostensibly) ‘lesser siblings’. (The family might not even cellar them; I must remember to ask. I did taste the 2010 alongside, and it was still very much as described in my Issue 198 report).
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