Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ugly Duckling

Spätburgunder vintages...the 2003 produced some fine wines if you chose well...after the hot summer....and 2005 was a real crowd pleaser..from birth...no matter what you taste...whether they will age 10 years remains to be seen...but who cares....
As to 2004...an 'ugly duckling' vintage...and in Baden...exceptions of course...but the general impression is closed and needing time...will they become beautiful swans?...
The reason for this purchase...was because after tasting the Zalwander..I was interested to see what the cellermaster, Odin Bauer, did at the day job.
Freiherr von Gleichenstein Spätburgunder
Oberrotweiler Eichberg Spätlese trocken 2004
Baden, Germany
Quite deep in colour..for a Pinot...thick cherry fruit hits you from the glass...then a delicate perfume developes...medium deep fruit on the palate...very 'masculine' in style...big..even chunky..slice it with a knife...spicy..about as fiery as it gets for the grape. I let it settle overnight...had held up well...
but still staying 'ugly'
Points 16.25

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