Saturday, January 01, 2011

Four Pleasures

Schloss Halbturn Pinot Noir 2003
Burgenland, Austria
This was available again on Ebay...I grabbed it. Intriguing aromas...almost too difficult to pinpoint...slightly funky...farmyard...wild cherry...whatever...really very fine smell.
The success continues onto the palate...where you get a real juiciness...a gentle tannin grip...still some well-bound acidity....minerals...a lovely back palate of thick fruit... no sign of fading.
Points 17.75






Guigal Condrieu 2006
Rhone, France

Another Ebay purchase...maybe from someone who shied away from a Condrieu with a couple of years in bottle. The 'norm' is...unless they are the top wines...drink them within 2 years. Golden colour...reserved aroma...slighty burnt...palate shows a fairly full layer of fruit...quince and melon...maybe just saying goodbye as the minerals are mssing...still a good drink though.
Points 16.75






Ziereisen Spätburgunder Schulen 2007
Baden, Germany

Pulled from the cellar on the spur of the moment...it was cool. However...it fairly thanked me for this as it showed well...the style lending itself to the coolness.
That's not to say you don't get all the Pinot qualities...ripe aroma...dark forest fruits...instant appeal...raspberry fruit...slightly salty...and tasted older that it is. Drink now...on a hot summer evening...with some grilled meat.
Points 16.75





Möbitz Koepfle Pinot Noir 2008
Baden, Germany

Henrik Möbitz is a hobby vigneron.and he kindly sent me the four Pinots from the 2008 vintage...at a special price.
This is supposedly the most open of the four... Very French in style...or more Pfalz than the sweeter Baden style. Earthy, dry and a wine with character...complex...white peppery nose...dry cherry fruit on the palate...a good dose of acidity...and minerals abound. Still tightly held by the medium tannins...this begs to be left alone...although two hours later was more rounded. Maybe a long decant if you ever get to try it but I'll not be touching the other three for a while.
Points 17

1 comment:

The Wine Rambler said...

Thanks for this, Barry. It's a shame that I cannot order wine via ebay here in the UK. Whenever I read postings such as yours I feel I am missing out on interesting ebay discoveries...

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