Germany's streak of 12 successful vintages ended with the 2000 vintage. Only heroic efforts on the part of some growers turned a potential disaster into a good year for Riesling. Rain and rot were the main problems, necessitating brutal selection and intensive work in the vineyards prior to and during the harvest.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands April 30, 2002.
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