I have been drinking and tasting wine over 40 years now. I will add notes of wines I am drinking today and add some memories of years gone by. I was born in England and moved to Germany in 1975 where I discovered WINE. I started to drink German Spätburgunder about 10 years ago and have never looked back.
Riesling from Austria is another love of mine. My tastes are unlimited..across the Universe..so much good stuff around nowadays compared to when I first started out on this liquid journey!
Marking is the 20 Points system.
Back in the early part of the last century there was a comedian, dancer actor called Eddie Cantor.The spelling is completely different...but the name attracted me.
Kante La Bora di Kante Chardonnay 2006
Italy Delightful creamy texture...nutty...fresh acidity...lovely balance to
this wine...and opened up well in large glass. Almost forgot....smell
good as well. Oak not too dominant...very pure. Aged for 24 months in
old barrels then aged in bottle 5 years before release. Points 17.25
Ziereisen Gutedel Steingrüble 2012 Baden, Germany After
the '10 hoch 4' 2012...this is a step down of course...but then
again...costs only a 10th of the big brother. Salty, a touch
bitter...not negative...pears...loads of chunky minerals and some citrus
fruit. A little young maybe....but already giving good value. Points 16
Wittmann Riesling Kirchspiel GG 2012
'Kindermord' you could say...but I am on
Daughter number 3 had a birthday...and
she wanted the family to go to our favourite Thai restaurant. She is
not a wine drinker...nor is daughter number 2. Daughter number 1
is...and she had made it after having had an operation 2 days before.
Her husband makes up the Vino-Trio.
I packed the two whites in all that was
cold...and as a bonus...a red. With the hot weather red would not have been the
correct choice...but we have a cooling period at the moment. The food
was gorgeous...and I had a starter of Lab Gai. Dangerously spicy...it
begs for a Riesling. I knew the Gaisberg would not be as good as the
recent Heiligenstein...but was pleasantly surprised.
Hirsch Riesling Gaisberg 2009
Flat is not the correct
description...just that is not as lively as it's brother.
It was still a delight though.. Points 16.75
Wine number two has a story. My first
try had been at a local wine Bistro a year ago...where I had taken a bottle along.
It had impressed all who had a sip. I decided to purchase 6
bottles...but the delivery turned out to be twelve. Over the last
year it has been the 'present' whenever we were guests at friends.
The feedback had been very positive. Now...with 3 bottles left it was
time to try it again.
Josef Fritz Roter Veltliner Steinberg Privat 2012
The nose has changed...the full fruit
instant crowd-pleaser has become a delicate ripe aroma of almonds and honey. Thrilling minerals and a match for my
Thai red curry. What a winner. The owner was offered a glass as he is
very fair when I take my own wines. He beamed his Thai smile. The other two bottles will not be 'presented' unless of course they open them with me present. Points 17.5
the curry still available...we tried the Pinot Noir. With the food in mind...I had opted for a softer style...tannins do
not harmonise with spices.
Schubert Pinot Noir Marion’s Vineyard 2010
Martinborough, New Zealand Only
a trace of spiky strawberries...otherwise soft, rounded, creamy and silky. Maybe a touch too much....a zip of anger would make this a very good wine...nevertheless...not to be sneezed at. Points
bottle offer on Ebay. Drank over a couple of days using the Corovin as there were other wines that needed attention also. This one slipped
down beautifully. Easy to taste...all components in harmony.
Apples....juicy ones. You may wish for more fruit and less
acidity...or vice versa...depending on your love of Riesling...but
sometimes it just seems to be exactly what you want on the gorgeous
summer evenings. Wittmann's Morstein and Brunnenhauhäuschen would
have still been hard work...but Aulerde...simpler, without expecting
too much...is perfect now. There is clarity in Wittmann
Riesling...and I enjoy them.
A cooling summer evening and we sat
outside at our local Bistro. Our guests were Flo, Christiane, Lisa
and Merle( my Godchild ) Food delicious...
Two whites from the land of many
First up...a wine I saw was still
available...so one reason to open the final one from the cellar. Hirsch Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein
2009 Wachau, Austria Trace of honey...but no way fat. The
veins of youth no longer it's style. Now rounded....soft...even a
touch un-riesling like. Palate of yellow apples...minerals of
course...you just have to enjoy this...it begs you. Good length and
Pichler Grüner Veltliner M 2005 Wachau,
recent purchase from Ebay. June is always a good month for
'bargains' € 60,-- I
always wonder why such great wine is no longer wanted. Great! Did I
say great? Well for me...certainly a memorable one. Just
the nose leaves you wide-eyed. Nuts and almonds...fresh
bread...honeyed. You worry that the rest will not comply...but dear
readers...worry no more. Creamy texture...heaps of fruit...spice and
pepper...the usual dose of minerals. Complex and pretty wonderful.
Flo had tried the 2010 vintage recently...much too young...so I was
glad to share this 10 year at a perfect time. Will hold for many
years. Now...where do I find another bottle?
Finally...hot weather...and what a hot!. I am not complaining...but as usual...others are. Our monthly meeting at Schaab Louis and I had reserved a table in the shade...in the garden. Those who did not...suffered. Robert happiliy agreed to let us try his wine first...I was also happy to be first...as I knew Volker would have a ripe Riesling...and we learn by our mistakes.
Familia Nin Ortiz Selma de Nin 2012 Catalonia / Spain After the first whiff from the glass...I knew I had competition. This is a mix of Rousanne, Marsanne and Chenin Blanc. Smokey, creamy aroma...you just have to go back again and again. Citrus and lime tones...and with airing there were traces of marzipan. It reminded me of a Grüner Veltliner. The palate throws up a zingy minerality...which you thank it for...as after the smell you do not want a fruit-cake. Complex and a very good finish make this a real eye-opener. Very good indeed. Points 18
Ziereisen Gutedel 10 Hoch 4 2011 Baden, Germany I have had this 3 times...and look forward to drinking it at my holiday haunt. A while ago I had ordered...in a frenzy maybe...a bottle from a merchant. It is not cheap....but as it had arrived...what better way to empty it than with good wine friends. Opened 4 hours before drinking...and served in a large Burgundy glass. Close your eyes and you are in Burgundy. Nutty oak...seductive...layed-back style...intense
minerality...memories of Puligny Montrachet. The guys gave up guessing what it was...but I can hardly criticise...Gutedel extra special. Points 17.75
Clemens Busch Riesling Marienburg Fahrlay Grosses Gewächs 2009 Mosel, Germany Instant ripe Riesling...had to be a 2009 Well-balanced and very much the style of Clemens Busch. Quite intense minerals...fine fruit...maybe cpould have asked for more air... but we were not listening after the first two. Points 16.75