Friday, October 23, 2009

Great Minds Think Alike

Volker rang...he and his wife Steffi were going out for a meal...join them? Eva & myself walked the short distance...Volker was bringing a I was quickly into the cellar and pulled out my choice of red...along with the GV to get the taste buds going. We sat, chatted, laughed..enjoyed the food..and the reds were covered up. I had to guess the Salwey..Volker the Gantenbein.and the saying 'Great Minds Think Alike' came to mind. We couldn't have planned the 2 reds better....they just paired so well.
Hiedler Grüner Veltliner Thal 2007
Kamptal, Austria

Palate is more dominant is the initial impression...aromas of minerals...layed-back smokiness...a peppery touch sends you to a quite full-bodied wine....surprises a oiliness...even exotic..but remaining dry throughout. We all agreed..excellent value at € 13,--

Points 16.5

Salwey Kirchberg Spätburgunder G.G. 2006
Baden, Germany

This showed a slightly soft burnt bouquet which opened with a few swirls..then fine ripe fruit..decent oak...and the palate was full of cherry flavours...very well made...the tannins just caressing the fruit. I guessed Germany..and 2006...then gave up.

Points 17.5

Gantenbein Pinot Noir 2005
Fläsch, Switzerland
After a recent try of the was time to open this one....Gorgeous nose...the Salwey lost out here...intense sweet crushed fruit...velvet Pinot..and it just lies so perfectly as you slurp and taste...cinnamon..very ripe fruit...gentle tannins and delicate wine that is at it's peak now...we discussed how long it would age...and I still have three bottles...but why would you want could you resist it.....and this would be difficult to beat in ANY blind tasting. Top wine from Switzerland.
Points 18

1 comment:

Innovative Wine said...

Great selections for any dinner.

The Hiedler was a standout when we visited Kamtal a few years ago. I don't understand why Grüner Veltliner has lost some its luster among sommeliers lately. I guess they just need a new darling every now and then.

Great reviews. I am looking forward to reading more.

Roger Stockton