Saturday, March 31, 2007

A Walk (Drive) in the Black Forest

What should have been a 'walk' in the Black Forest..became a drive around...The weather was fine when we set off..and the next morning into the mountain the sun was shining and the snow from a few days before was covering the trees and unforgetable drive. Later that day and over the next 3 snow..and..altho beautiful to watch..not really ideal for long walks in the countryside. All that aside...we were(well I was) there for the food and WINE...
Our recent 'find' of last year(see November 2006) was where we we staying for 3 nights....

Gasthof Rebstock in Kappelrodeck-Waldulm...
the wine card needs you to stay for weeks!!

The first evening tho..I went back to a wine I had drank the last time.

Salwey Spätburgunder Spätlese Trocken***Oberrotweiler Kirchberg 2003
Fine colour; nose opened in glass, creamy classic Pinot; full mouthful, warm, soft flavoury and a super long finish....
Added notes this time..
as good as before...2003 produced fuller wines and Salway's style is not for the faint-hearted.
Points 18

The second evening was a 'first'...even though the wine list is full of excellent local wines..there was a short note from Herr Hodapp in the Swiss section...the last time I drank a Swiss wine was back in the late 70's at the Mövenpick restaurant in Wiesbaden(it was ordinary and very expensive). Mr.Hodapp had managed to obtain a few bottles from a friend of a friend(the vineyard had no more to sell). Such was his enthusiastic comments on the list..well. I just had to order it..and I was not to be disapointed.
Gantenbein Pinot Noir aus Fläsch 2004 Switzerland
Fine colour,red brick with light rim; red cherries bursting out of the glass; excellent, elegant mouthfull, very soft and velvety and a fine finish.
Points 18

The final evening I decided to drink 2 half bottles..a Chablis or a Chardonnay from the area...

Bernhard Huber
Chardonnay Trocken 2004
Medium yellow gold; exotic lychee nose; oh no I thought..not a barrique is trocken..and is just about saved from overdoing the oak,,really nicely balanced and went well with the Coquilles St Jacques
Points 16

The red could have been a Clos de la Marachale 1999 from Faiveley..but I was swayed to drink the Bordeaux

Chateau d' Armailhac 2000
Pauillac Bordeaux

Medium deep with a lightening rim; black fruit aromas; opulent wine, quite full, high Merlot content and although easily drinkable..this is the new style of Bordeaux and I do miss the roughness of the 'old school' style...
Points 17

We tried to stay an extra night but everything was already decided to find something for one more night..Raubs' Restaurant in Kuppenheim

A.Christman Idig Riesling 2004
Full, classic Riesling.. just the youth of the grape; full flavour with perfect acidity and a dry finish.
Points 16.5

Karl H Johner Johner
Blauer Spätburgunder SJ 2003

Kaiserstuhl. Baden.
Medium deep; cherry fruity nose;
gorgeous fruit in the mouth,
cream & vanilla came to mind; superb half bottle of 'Badische' wine
Points 18

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