Monday, May 13, 2013

Pichler, Pichler & Pichler

Buying some wines from have to ask yourself...why are they for sale...especially with some age. Here a trio of Pichler wines from the same seller...worth a risk I thought...but who would I be congratulating on the sale after tasting.
The first two battled it out over 3 days...

Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner
Smaragd Wösendorfer Kollmütz 2005
Wachau, Austria

Showing more age than the has lost it's fatness...that chunky feel that the younger versions have...extreme smoke and honey...and a slightly bitter taste...which disappeared on day two...and the wine had generally settled down...apricots and peaches... rather like a mature Chablis.
Points 17

Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner
Smaragd Terrassen 2006
Wachau, Austria

Seemed much younger than the Kollmütz...this is all about rippling streams and shiny stones. Yellow apples....and next day there was a trace of a young creamy cheese. Great balance...and perfect with 'Kalbsgeschnetzeltes mit Pilze' (Veal strips in a creamy mushroom sauce).
Points 17.25

So far so good...

Rudi Pichler Riesling
Smaragd Kirchweg 2005
Wachau, Austria

Trace...but only a trace...of petroleum...more flowery on the nose...acidity is well-to the forefront...searching for the fruit...but 2 days later the fruit stuck it's head up...and it was fresh and ready to go.
Points 17

I can understand the seller thinking 'best to sell' as all three won't improve...but I was happy with my I guess I was the winner in this deal....€ 45,-- for all three!!!

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