Thursday, July 18, 2013

Swiss Maids

I was recently asked by email...by a business contact in England...what I was drinking that evening. Chablis?...he asked. I replied...Red, Swiss, Pinot Noir.
He replied...as would most normal wine drinkers...I say normal...meaning the masses who order what they know or a grape variety...anyway...his reply was...I thought they only did cheese and watches!!!

Ever since Gantenbein hit the scene...I have been on the lookout for Swiss Pinot Noir. They were probably all there before the press coverage of Gantenbein's excellent wines. I remember many, many ,many years ago...when the Swiss Restaurant chain...Möwenpick...were spread across Germany...they had some Swiss wines...but they were ordinary...and expensive...'Over Here, Over-Priced' was our comment
.

Whether they are over-priced...is now up to the consumer. They are certainly not ordinary.

Purchased a half case of mixed...from a merchant in Switzerland...
The reason was the good reports on the first wine
.

Baumann Oberhallau
Pinot Noir R 2010
Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Flowery...lightly dancing aroma...red berries...elegant...lighty fluffy vanilla on the palate...developed clear raspberry fruit...dry earthy finish. Very enjoyable..and will improve well.
Points 17.25



Second one up...
Pircher Pinot Noir Barrique 2010
Eglisau, Switzerland

Earthy, wild, closed at first......grainy tannins...vanilla..then a port-like fruit...and I left it alone. Two days later...it had gathered it's thoughts...and showed some balance..another with a few years ahead.
Points 17

Last...and certainly not least.
Pelizzatti Pinot Noir Barrique 2010
Jenins, Switzerland

Instant appeal...great nose...Blackberry and Strawberry...nice tight tannins...but very approachable..acidity lifts it nicely...ummm...sweet fruit...velvety...great juice...magic Pinot.
Points 17.75


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