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BEST of the BEST 2014 International White Wines: Fritz Haag 2011 Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Mosel Brauneberger Juffer

The Haag family, which practices its craft in Germany’s Middle Mosel region, enjoys a reputation for producing white wines of the highest quality with astonishing consistency. Their dependability, however, is explained in part by the fact that they have worked this land for more than four centuries. The Fritz Haag 2011 Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Mosel Brauneberger Juffer (www.weingut-fritz-haag.de, $45 per 375 mL) sets a new standard for sweet Riesling from the region. Voluminous in both breadth and depth, this spectacular white offers penetrating notes of cantaloupe, honey, lemon lozenge, caramel, and freshly ground nutmeg.

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