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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Albalonga is a 1951 Rieslaner × Silvaner vine cross grown to a very limited extent in Germany, notably Rheinhessen and the Pfalz. It inherits from Rieslaner both a firm core of acidity and good rot resistance while dehydrating to must weights above spätlese. The wine can smell more like a red, with black fruits and floral aromas, and Wittmann in Westhoven has high prices and complex old bottles to testify to the potential of this exotic but rare variety.

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