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2005 Chardonnay, TBA No. 5, Nouvelle Vague, Alois Kracher


$60.00 per Half Bottle (375ml)


28 Half Bottles (375ml)




"Medium golden yellow. Pronounced spicy aromas of cinnamon and vanilla nicely complement apple and coconut. The creamy texture displays some white chocolate flavor along with apple and pear fruit, with the oak element perfectly integrated. This sweet chardonnay is reminiscent of Sauternes in style. Brisk acidity is in ideal harmony with the wine's fruit, giving it very good aging potential. Drink 2010 to 2030." Peter Moser, Vinous.com
(AG, 11/01/2007)

Rating: 95
Drink from: 2010-2030

"This is very fresh and oozes with fresh citrus, apple and peach flavors that are flanked by plenty of spice and cream. Finishes with orange peel and candied ginger. Drink now through 2020. 125 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 06/15/2008)

Rating: 92
Drink from: 2008-2020

"The 2005 #5 Chardonnay Trockenbeerenauslese Nouvelle Vague is a study in oak as much as Chardonnay or botrytis right now, with spice, vanilla, coconut, and resin all accenting the aromas of tropical fruits and honey. Lovely hints of butterscotch and nutmeg emerge on the palate, where the counterpoint of bright pineapple and grapefruit with creaminess of texture is certainly impressive. But oak spice returns as a dominant theme in the finish, at least for now. Given 9.5 acidity, this wine’s 212 grams of residual sugar are unable to indulge themselves in any superficial display. The inspiring and otherwise irrepressible Alois “Luis” Kracher died last December 5, after a nearly year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. His son Gerhard, 27, and still-active father will continue the work of this exemplary estate. Note: I tasted the Kracher wines of 2005 and 2006 for the reviews above this Spring, and the 2004s in late 2007 and again this Spring. Kracher was restrained in his early judgment of the challenging 2004 vintage, in which he could not start picking noble rot until November, and continued until Christmas. “The first selections were wonderful; the second passage classic, good; the third – kaput,” was how he described it. “From two months of work,” he continued, “we netted 6,000 liters of quality T.B.A.,” from which he promises a modest-sized collection so that – as he puts it – he wouldn’t have to apologize for a vintage that is good but not great. I don’t believe that this was a tactical confession on his part. Kracher was genuinely surprised by the quality that emerged as his 2004 collection evolved, and in the end, he bottled the same number of Trockenbeerenauslesen – ten – as in the manifestly more classic botrytis vintage of 2005." David Schildknecht, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #177
(WA, 06/01/2008)

Rating: 91

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