2004 Balthasar Ress Riesling Beerenauslese Gold Cap Rheingau Hattenheimer Nussbrunnen
This is concentrated, showing honey and caramel notes more than fruit. It's heavier, with a softer structure and broader profile. Impressive, yet lacks a little zip. Drink now through 2025. 11 cases made.
2004 Balthasar Ress Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Gold Cap Rheingau Hattenheimer Nussbrunnen Score 94
This starts out sweet and thick, with apricot, honey, dried citrus peel and a hint of soy sauce flavors. Then the vivid structure takes over, cleansing the palate like a wave. It shows promise now, but will be even better once it integrates. Best from 2008 through 2040. 8 cases made.
2004 Balthasar Ress Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Gold Cap Rheingau Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland
This rides an edge of acidity, defining its caramel, baked apple and lemon candy flavors. Though concentrated, it appears lighter, with brightness and purity. Good length. Drink now through 2035. 5 cases made.
2004Balthasar Ress Riesling Spätlese Rheingau Schloss Reichartshausen
A bold mouthful of banana, floral, candied lemon and mineral flavors, this grabs the palate with its high-voltage presence. The lasting essence is vibrant acidity and mineral snap. This will improve with a decade in the cellar. Drink now through 2022. 900 cases made.