Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Durbacher Buys

Following our break in Baden....it was time to open a few of the wines purchased.
The first four are from Durbach......the last from Kappelrodeck.

Alexander Danner has some mouth-puckering Riesling on offer...but only for the real masochists at the moment...lay them down if you have a touchy stomach.
Danner DZ Pinot Noir Barrique No. 3
Baden, Germany
Brick red...delicate style...the nose was a little backward...but slowly filtered out of it's shell...
trace of liquorice...very much an individual style...if you are looking for comparisons then Mercury in France would be my choice. Soft vanilla from the oak...enjoyable but maybe a little overpriced at €26,--
Points 16.5



Heinrich Männle Durbacher Kochberg
Spätburgunder Spätlese trocken Barrique 2007
Baden, Germany
The thing that struck me about all four of the wines over a few days...there was an individuality about them...no 'over-use' of oak...and especially with this wine...the hand of the grower and the grape agreeing what the end product should be. A Bordeaux-shaped bottle...and strangely...the first impression was in that direction...but this because of the style...fragrant enticing aroma...coolness...earthy with a touch of oak...we could become good friend...Männle & I...liked this very much. Cost from the property € 26,--
Points 17

Weingut Schwörer Durbacher Plauelrain
Spätburgunder Barrique 2007
Baden, Germany
Rather untypical....rustic style...dried almonds came to mind from the glass...very 'dark' berries...backbone....a slightly austere feel....missing a little 'sexiness'...hey...that is what Pinot is all about! Well priced though ...€ 10,--
Points 16











Weingut Graf Wolff Metternich
Durbacher Schloßberg
Spätburgunder Auslese
Barrique trocken 2007

Baden, Germany
The label is is even more difficult for the foreigners...Gräflich Wolf Metternich'sches Weingut....but hey...it's what is in the bottle that counts. Thirty minutes is all it needed to show an intense strawberry nose...depth here...filled out with every sip...the fruit layered nicely...very Burgundian...was just behind the Männle as regards my favourite of the bunch.
Price was € 26,--
Points 16.75


and the final one...from Kappelrodeck

Tobias Köninger Pinot Noir
Reserve trocken 2007

Baden, Germany
The normal bottle of Pinot Noir 2007 is delicious and easy at € 9,--
The harvest too
k place on 28 October 2007...all grapes hand-picked according to Tobias. It's time before bottling...17 months... was spent in new French Limousin Oak. This has surprisingly an 'aged' bouquet...tangy Pinot...good concentration of flavour...minerals...medium bodied...soft spices....and at € 15,--...good value.
Points 16.25


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