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Red

2009 Raymond Vineyard & Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection

Napa Valley more

2/5/2016 - sweetstuff wrote: 89 points

Cork finished, nice 5 band cork with not a bit of purple on sides. Tasted in a Riedel Bordeaux, good choice for it.

A touch of transparency of a mm or two, deep purple-red like a deeply colored tea rose and sweet vanilla oak,; but no bricking at this stage.

Blackcurrant and tea with leaf and tar, some hints of mint and a little bitter weediness.

Savory palate, edged about with savory, firm tannins, sweet tannins; medium finish.

A great wine with a Beppo Uno pizza with prosciutto and mushrooms. This wine is very fine current drinking, but there's no hurry. A joy to drink with the pizza.

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White

2013 Pewsey Vale Vineyard Riesling Dry Eden Valley

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2/3/2016 - sweetstuff wrote: 91 points

Pewsey Vale Vineyard 2013 Riesling Dry Eden Valley [ Barossa, SA]. $15/750 ml; have seen this as low as $9. Screw cap. Riesling Institute scale. Dry end of dry. Riedel Riesling and Impitoyable. Pale green with some littlle spritz; appears clingy but without tearing. 'Green' lime scent; wet stones sprinkled with rose petals. Impit shows beginning of funk and orange honey. Comes off tongue with a dancing summation of nose rapped up in a juicy bitterness; deep and clear. Impressive tactile texture. This wine is beautifully itself, with everything in place. Tasted against home-made cream cheese (creme fraiche) with a few snips of chives. Brightened everything up even more. As it warms a bit the texture becomes more mouthfilling and juicy; . Fruit is incredibly pure and has a certain ethereal sweetness; reminds me of great German Riesling Trocken very much. A joy to sip, a joy to toss back. I think wines like this might have inspired folks like Keller and perhaps in turn were inspired by top Trimbachs.

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White

2014 Hart Wine Cellar Gewürztraminer (noncommercial)

Niagara River VQA more

1/30/2016 - sweetstuff wrote: 92 points

Commercial fruit from the Niagara River, Ontario region, 0.9% residual sugar and 11.5% abv. Very high quality cork, a bit pushed and a bit splintered by the cork insertion device, but no problem, removed with the two-stage Durand cleanly. Tasted from a Riedel Riesling/Zin

Shows a burnished light bronze; at first glass-coating, but five minutes or so later very reluctant tearing; slight, fine tartrates with probably some fruit debris showing it's unfiltered.

Light floral rose impressions, walnut oil, breathing some minerals' adding a hint of somewhat neutral bacon fat.

A medium dry, precise entry, with just a hint of red berries, but a gentle nuttiness ranging from almond to pecan. A nicely judged acid balance and savory finish, tossing in a hint of umami, very unusual in a non-late-harvest wine of this variety. Noticeable finesse and a delicate transparency, but this wine just keeps getting more luscious. I mean in a good sense--it's impeccably balanced to dryness.

As we go along for the next half hour to hours, we're adding hints of lemon or orange flower in the nose. A change of glasses to the Impitoyable brings out a fermentation odor still in the nose, a pleasant sourness. Of course this picks the wine apart and shows your the chassis: more grass and fern in the mid-nose. Shows notes of broad pork fat. The fermentation thing dances on top of the spicy fruit. Now there's some almond, now some quinine scent, and even peach. Now a sauvignon blanc-like grassiness, but very gentle.

This wine has a quality that I admire--it scintillates-flashes from one impression to another, very rapidly. A most pleasant tasting experience. Also, it builds a cumulatively very mouth-filling, savory, clean finish. Incredible length for type.

92/100 first day.

Next day: addition of an orangewood note to the nose, plus a highly harmonized version of the above. The palate is recogizable from the first day, but there is a definite quinine note and a pickup of energy on the back end that is a change, and a tailing into citrus with a hint of sweetness. This wine will be best consumed in the first 2 to 3 years of its life.

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White

2013 Ravines Wine Cellars Keuka Village

Finger Lakes White Blend more

1/29/2016 - sweetstuff wrote: 87 points

Blend of 80 percent Cayuga and 20 percent Vignoles. Recommended by Eric Jerardi (Little Store, Dayton, OH) for Dale's 90th bd. 12 pabv labeled. $8 after discount.

Vivid and crisp, with a sort of riesling/pinot gris type of fruit, dry, with an overall 'Alsatian' style, not suprising because this is the aim, I've heard, of the winemakers. Drink now or hold a year or so.

Numbers from winery sales sheet :80% Cayuga White, 20% Vignoles
ALCOHOL: 11.7% ACIDITY: 8.8 g/l
RS: 0.8% pH: 3.11

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White - Fortified

NV Barbadillo Manzanilla (Fino) Sherry

Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda Palomino Fino more

1/27/2016 - sweetstuff wrote: 87 points

15 percent abv. L15-268, does this mean a 2015 bottling? New Age Imports, LLC, Verona New Jersey. Screw-capped. Selo NKF 12777796

Pale brilliant green color, with widely separated tears.

Nose is warm, lightly sweet, with some spring flowers, a little drying sensation; gooseberry, some mineral notes and a touch of savoriness.

Precise entry, with a juicy tartness, slightly green-apple texture, and a dusting of apple on the finish. Excellent value, but would be bette without what appears to be such tight filtration. Little apparent development in the glass or decanter. Makes an excellent tall sherry drink, whatever you like to call it.

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Spirits

NV Blanton's Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whisky (Barrel 3, Warehouse H, Rick 40, 46.5%)

Kentucky Grain more

1/18/2016 - sweetstuff wrote: 94 points

N.V. Blanton's Original Single Barrel Kentucky Whisky (Barrel 3, Warehouse H, Rick 40, 46.5%) Dumped 11/6/15. Warm brown-green-orange; would guess this isn't caramelized. Heavily coating sides of Riedel Zin, with a bare necklace of tears at the top, an interesting variation.

Spicy cloves and vivid orange and vanilla; would guess a good dollop of rye in the mash bill; vivid juicy acidity; dry but with a sweet impression, leaving a touch of umami on the finish, which is quite persistent. Broken with spring water, gives a rubbery-sulfurous scent with gentle orange flower note; quite savory and wieth a very precise and vivid finish consisting mostly of vanilla orange ice cream flavors.

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Red - Fortified

1985 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

1/14/2016 - sweetstuff wrote: 93 points

2/15/2013 rated 92 points: 1985 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage (Portugal, Douro, Porto). 20.5 pabv; bottled 1987; from Village Corner, Ann Arbor, MI; $30/750 ml. Bottled by Taylor, Fladgate, and Yeatman, Vila Nova de Gaia. Imported by Kobrand, Inc., New York, sole US agent.

Cork slightly (2 mm) pushed. Top of cork and stamp almost completely clean but with a spot of fungus; however, purple from base to crown when removed completely in one piece with Durand Long. This is the first attempt to use the Long, apparently successful. Original tasting from the Riedel Zin.

Considerably 'tawnied up' cherry color. Broad arches. Violets, earth, a little medicinal or resinous, with light cherry notes, and a slight hint of vanilla on top; moves on to smoky bacon. Dense and delicate with slight heat, quite dry, with a crisp, slightly earthy finish, and a very nice Taylor corners-of-mouth experience. Tannins light or mostly resolved. Hope to take this, doubly-decanted, up to Traverse City if I can get away.

As it sits open in an Impitoyable, Bordeaux-like tobacco and thyme open in the nose, and liquorice and rumcake notes develop in the palate, and it becomes rich and expressively flavorful.

Although there has always been a slight question mark over this wine, it has overcome its obstacles to shine. This is an excellent-plus Taylor Porto, with power but with a slightly less clear presentation than the greatest. A wonderful pleasure to drink this mature porto, now and holding for the long haul, 2016-2030.

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White

2012 Meyer-Fonné Pinot Gris Reserve

Alsace more

1/13/2016 - sweetstuff wrote: 89 points

Morgan and York, approx $20.00; Kermit Lynch.

Attractive bright rich straw. Almonds and hazelnuts accenting peach and a hint of wet stone. Not completely dry but not sweet either; oatmeal, broad, ripe, and nicely savory on the finish. Ready to drink now, don't keep more than two to three years, 2016-2019. An Alsatian's house Pinot gris. Served with miscellaneous pasta envelopes and Reggiano with Andrew and Barbara for dinner.

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White - Off-dry

2000 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

Nahe more

1/4/2016 - sweetstuff wrote: 93 points

AP 775 301 019 01; (Note--there was another commercial bottling of this, the 20 01; they were judged slightly differently by Schildknecht, who tasted them both together with the Auction Wine).

Importer Theise/Skurnik; Syosset, Long Island, New York (at the time); shipped by Weinhandel Walter Strub; purchased at a 12/2015 auction of Leland Little Corp. Auction price after BP is $36.50.

The soft cork was somewhat shredded by the prongs of the Durand; served in an Impitoyable. Gold-green-amber with some browning. Fresh juicy apricot with oil and some diesel still on the nose. Sweetness has started to pull back, but still juicy and tart; mid-palate and finish begin their sojourn somewhat soft, but I'm betting it'll firm up with some time in glass. Already a note of cold stewed apricot soup is emerging at the back.

The petrol is now just adding a note of complexity. The sweet fruit is underlain by rubbed, oiled wood, and dried autumn leaf and shows more depth and complexity than the lovely 1999 reviewed last week. Lots of nice clean mouth feel and, as predicted, the vivid finish goes on quite nicely, thanks very much.

This bottle was one that was tasted in Germany with the Maestro and his disciple Peter R., and was astonishingly good given one of the toughest vintages on memory. I was in Germany during this harvest and for three plus weeks there was nothing but rain, rain, rain. How such a fine wine emerged from this deluge is still a mystery. To make decent wines in this vintage, most of the grapes, uniformly full of rot and penicillium, needed to be rejected. I seem to remember that this vineyard was picked at about 5 hl/ha. Bravo, Helmut! I've rounded the score up because of the courage on the part of the winery staff that making this wine showed. As stated, a second AP number bottling was filled; Schildknect thought this one slightly better. The addition by accident of a single rotten bunch would have ruined this wine!

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White - Off-dry

1999 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

Nahe more

1/1/2016 - sweetstuff wrote: 91 points

AP 16 00, 8.5 pabv; Terry Theise; $36.50 after buyer's premium; Leland Little Auctions. (There is an Auction Wine with this same label but different AP number). Cork-finished. Up-textured gold-green, in an Impitoyable. Wonderful aged-botrytis notes with powerful and vivid honeyed apricot, but without a bit of diesel. Still fairly sweet and juicy-tart, underlain by tart-sweet Nahe cherry, raspberry, and bacon fat; at first with some softness mid-palate, and pleasant, integrated finish. After an hour or so open and stoppered in the refrigerator, gets more punch in the middle and gains a nice lime-peel flavor there. Barbara says, 'nectar of the gods'. Ready to drink but many years may be ahead of well-stored bottles. 91/100.

On January 3: warm candle wax with a hint of smoke, and crisp apricot. The wine comes forth as simple but luscious, juicy but fruity, a delight.

My friend Andrew and I made some Confit d'Oie (roast goose potted in its own fat) and what a marvelous flavor to have in the mouth when this dessert wine is sampled! We used the bones to make a demi-glace which will I'm sure appear in future recipes, as well, and give us plenty of experimenting with other Rieslings! (Including the 2000 version of this wine, one of the great accomplishments of that very tough vintage, and which was included in the auction lot with this one.) The Cassoulet I made yesterday from the goose demi-glace and the goose meat, lamb, andoille, and salt pork, couldn't be set off by a more pleasant ending.

Happy New Year!

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Red

2010 Fontanafredda Piemonte Barbera Briccotondo

Piemonte DOC more

12/28/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: NR

UPC 0 86785 41010 4; 13.5 percent abv; Palm Bay International; Boca Raton, FL. Served at home with Dorothy Lane house cheese Tortellini tossed with EVOO and sea salt (Best Brittanian). Warmed in boiling salted spring water and tossed with fresh grated Reggiano from Dorothy Lane Market (had to reject an older piece of cheese because of black mold contamination--yeccch!) Purchased at Greenfire Bistro at a presentation by the cellar master and head of sales. The estate is pushing half-liter and liter bottles as ideal for an integral number of diners. This was $15/500 ml. Designation apparently a fantasy name.

Purple with light bricking edge, not faded but just that bit transparent. Nose with cherries and hints of black truffle and a little apricot and subtle spicy hints, at first seeming light in the midpalate but filling in with a bit of warming up and air. Juicy and with full fruitiness and light-textured tannins, attractive to drink and fine with food The finish is quite bitter, however, either a fault or needing some aging. This is a grape by now, however, that should have settled down. To be reviewed again in a day or two. Rating reserved; this would have been a very fine example of the grape if not for the bitterness.

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Red - Fortified

2005 Croft Porto Vintage Quinta da Roeda

Port Blend more

12/17/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 95 points

2005 Croft Vintage Porto Quinta da Roeda, 20 pabv, Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers Vinhos SA, Vila Nova de Gaia, Kobrand, New York, Arbutus inedo (Strawberry Tree) labeling. Cork finished, ciean sided when removed with Durand double spiral-clamp. Undecanted; quick-falling tears.

Colors beginning to soften and fade, call it out to 10 mm. Thick-textured and teary. Nose comes on with sweet orange and sweet cherry, an interesting blend. Underneath there is anise and a hint of savory tomato and pepper broth and a still-energetic background. with some high tones still lurking there. Palate expresses all this very well. The previous greenness has now melted into mint julep with no hard edges at all. Still lots of fruit to concoct and more to look forward to. There's lots of sweet vanilla in the finish mixed with thyme and tobacco, and the previous sight hardness has now become the merest hint of heat, with a tannic presence coming out at last in the wash. All in all, I've hit this a little too early, treating it at$32 like a LBV, which is sort of a no-no in my books, but there are still 3 left, probably giving best results if not drunk up before 10 more years. After aill, that's their 20th birthday, so need to save one for 2025, if I'm still here and able to enjoy. 94/100.

After about 14 days in a decanter, the appearance is the same. There is a tarry cherry juice and mint nose, very lovely, with tobacco smoke and with a note of vanillin oak underlying. It has come together with a more harmonious texture and savory finish, and a mouthful of ripe tannins needing some resolution yet. This wine has a definite upside, and it's being drunk way too early. Needs a minimum of 10 more years to peak, and plenty of time from then on. 95/100

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White

2004 Nikolaihof Riesling Steiner Hund

Kremstal more

12/15/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 94 points

This wine tasted twice in the last year and is a classic Steiner Hund--one of those wines that when it's on form is always stunning, from one vintage to another. Have tasted practically every release since 1999 and haven't been disappointed yet. A true Riesling lover's wine, in some ways similar in style and philosophy to Trimbach's Cuvée Frederich Emile. Both wines were poured in Traverse City for some of my winemaker friends and restauranteurs there. How a wine can be so delicate and yet mouthfiling one can only wonder. Only better experience with this wine is tasting it with Christine Saah under her imperial Linden tree.

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White - Off-dry

2011 Schmitt Söhne Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

12/14/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 84 points

AP 3 907 027 248 13, 8 pabv. $8/750 ml; Kroger; Piqua, OH. Schmitt Söhne, Longuich ad Mosel. Good inexpensive Mosel Spätlese, with grassy redcurrant notes; light fruit extraction and without much concentration, with a slight bitter-orange finish. Gains intensity with air and warming; intense bubble gum notes are obvious. Ripe and sweet with relatively low acidity typical of vintage. Somewhat clumsy but pleasant for 'wash me down' use. Drink now. UPC 0 8847401840 0. Note late-bottling.

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Beer

NV Leffe Blond

Brussels Malt more

12/12/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 90 points

This is a blonde Belgian abbey ale or 'Biere Belge Blonde' the mark is Anno 1240. 11.2 ounces and 6.5 percent bv. Very rich in color with a somewhat large-bubbled froth. Needs a good splash to make a head. Extremely deep sweet-bread notes with plenty of clove and rich hopping and a nice hint of truffle. After a few weeks in the refrigerator has almost as much depth as a Regensberger ale I had sitting outside St Peter's Cathedral in October. One wonders how much appetite one can keep with this degree of richness, but there's nary a cloy! I'd say it loses just a little bit to coarseness, but might go well with anoher year in bottle. A rather sweet and lively metallic midpalate. Ampoirt brands; Alliance, St. Louis. 15/111/16; 49:02:50; UPC 7 8615000311. Fine plate of sauerkraut and pork loin, stewed with German wheat beer.

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White - Off-dry

1992 Meßmer Burrweiller Schäwer Riesling Auslese

Pfalz more

12/11/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: flawed

Clover, hay, cherries; overly 'fish--broth' seems a possibly odd bottle. Summer 2005.

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White

1994 Müller-Catoir Haardter Bürgergarten Riesling Kabinett

Pfalz more

12/11/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 88 points

1994 Müller-Catoir Haardter Bürgergarten Riesling Kabinett

Tasted summer 2005. $15.95; 10.5 pabv. Muskmelon and earth--deep gold; orange peel and clove; touch of petrol; vivid, somewhat metallic acidity. Strains the bounds of expression, as MC regularly did in those days.

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White

2014 Long Shadows Wineries Riesling Poet's Leap

Columbia Valley more

11/29/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 92 points

2014 Long Shadows Wineries Riesling Poet's Leap - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (11/29/2015)
2014 Long Shadows Wineries Riesling Poet's Leap $20/750 ml, 12 percent abv. See longshadows.com.

This State of Washington 'Vintner's Collection', made under the supervision of famous and highly talented world-of-wine personalities. This is the result of a collaboration with Armin Diel of Schlossgut Diel, former head of the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweinguter, from the Nahe, Germany. When we visited Schlossgut Diel in Burg Layen last time, he kindly flew the American flag from the castle tower! Yes, a real castle.

A Kabinett-styled wine, but drier than the usual kabinett; but has that same ability to deliver a lot in a small package. Cork finished; not decanted, straight out of the bottle; Impitoyable-tasted; very pale greenish, nearly water-white. Actually smells green--with a fresh hint of mint and other garden herbs, like fresh cilantro, delicate florality, sweet pea, and with a bit of blood orange peel.

Like a fine dry fruit soup, like apples and cranberries, and with a crisp and juicy yet suave texture, a very interesting and expressive Riesling, with fine energy yet with real class. Gains complexity as it warms slightly in the glass. Gives a presence in the corners of the mouth with the skin extract . Has great finesse and texture, such as an excellent Wachau Riesling might show. However, is more Nahe-like in personality. Smells 'old world' and tastes 'new world', a bit at least. Shows Herr Dr. Diel's passion for terroir expression in his Rieslings. 92/100 at a minimum. Not for terribly long keeping, but won't hurt to cellar three to five years more.

Grows into a spicy earthy-strawberry palate impression, with less finesse and more power by the third day.

A wonderful match is the fine dry mellow hard cheese called (Formaggio del) Borgo (de Valcasotto), from the Barolo/Lange region of the Piemonte, Northern Italy, recenly being sold at Kroger--the Beppino Occelli version. About half cow and half sheep milk.

For those who like numbers and vintner-published vineyard data:
Composition 100% Riesling
Appellation Columbia Valley
Acid .77 grams / 100 ml
PH 2.97
Residual Sugar 1.25g / 100ml
Alcohol 12.90%

Long Shadows’ Sonnet Vineyard planted with German clones at The Benches in the Horse Heaven Hills (47%), Yakima Valley’s Phil Church Vineyard (25%), old vines from Tri-Cities’ Dionysus Vineyard (20%) planted in 1972 Underwood Mountain (8%) in the Columbia Gorge. (92 points)Thanks to Justin Horn for making this wine available to me.
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White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Rodaro Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit

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11/13/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 88 points

$10/500 ml at WineBid, plus 19 percent BP; 14pabv. CM Selections; Danbury CT.

Cork finished. Orange flower, olive oil, fermented fish, clove and miscellaneous spiciness. Rich and energetic almost to the point of rusticity, showing dried apricot and a twist of bitterness, with balanced juicy sweetness edged gently with sweet melon; cherries and plastic; a little faded on the finish .Still, very enjoyable for type; reminds one of a good Torcolato. Price is reasonable at about $12 with BP. One of the better Picolits I remember drinking. Drink now.

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White - Off-dry

2012 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

11/13/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 94 points

AP 18; with Wackers and Dale Benedict in Columbus on Wednesday 11/11/15. Served with Acorn Squash roasted with cranberries and apples, and roast salmon and Old Bay fish seasoning.

Light colored but dense-appearing for type; cream, cloves, touch of orange peel, spiced peach, plenty of Prüm lees; integrated sweeness and good texture, clean juicy finish. A 'creamy' Sonnenuhr, somewhat lean but well put together and harmonious. Absolutely perfect for both foods--can it be, Riesling and roast cranberries? Riesling and roast salmon? Wouldn't try this with any but the best salmon, which of course Kurt Wacker provided for us. My memory of this wine is its great consistency in providing just the right note, especially as a table wine with food (!) 94/100.

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White

2013 Juliusspital Iphöfer Kronsberg Riesling trocken

Franken more

11/8/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 91 points

I had visited this tasting room across the street from the Juliusspital five years ago, during a renovation phase. This time it’s slick and together with a quiet crowd enjoying the wines by the glass. The staff was exceptionally helpful—coping with my travelers and tourist problems that deserve extra praise. The wines were all fine values and were individually expressive and consistent. Worth a quick, or even a relaxed, visit for any Würzburg-visiting wine lover
2014 Würzburger Abstleite Silvaner Trocken, cat 142214, 13.5% abv. €12/750 ml. Fruity-peachy; umami palate; friendly and warm. 91/100
2014 Iphofer Kronsberg Silvaner Trocken, cat 142214. 13.5% abv. €12/750 ml. From Keuper soil (Gipskeuper, sehr skelettreich, toniger lehm mit hohem Kalkgehalt ). Grapefruit and umami nose; pointillist texture. Vivid but delicate, gently fruity finish. 91/100.
2013 Iphofer Kronsberg Riesling Trocken, AP 3000-016-14. From Keuper soil. Intense grapefruit, warm, spcy with cloves and cream. 91/100.
2014 Würzburger Stein Riesling Auslese, cat 140748. 10% abv. €15/500 ml. Concentrated and refracted color and great clarity with tears like gothic arches. Intense bananas. Grapefruit and spice with apples and cream, precise acidity and texture. Finish intense apples and baked pear. Shows need for time; plenty of improvement over 3 days tasting. 94/100. Served to fellow passengers at Alsvin tasting. (Hoher Skelletantiel, Gestein aus dem unteren Muschelkalk. Unterschiedliche Feinböden, meist tonig-lehmig, an manchen Stellen humos.)
2014 Rodelseer Küchenmeister Silvaner Trocken, cat. 146214. 13% abv. €12/750 ml. Tart grapes, grapefruit, lemons, with a complex minerality. Contrasts. 91/100. (Kipskeuper, schichten von Myophorien und Estherien. Steiniges Verwitterungsmaterial: Schilfsandstein und Dolomit; Kalkmergel; tonig, im Oberhang flachgründig, am Hangfuß iefer werdent. Schichten durch Flurbeiningung durchmengt. )
2014 Würzburger Stein Silvaner Trocken, cat. 140514, 13.5% abv; €13/750 ml. Intense, structured, pure, tight, citric. 90+/100.
2014 Würzburger Stein Weisser Burgunder Trocken, cat. 40614, 13.5 pabv. €13/750 ml. Brilliant water white color; Gentle whiff of white peach followed by straw. After a while minerality and lanolin; quite transparent also in flavor. 91/100.
2014 Wurzburger Abtsleite Riesling Trocken, 13.0% abv., cat 142314. 13 Reduced pear, opens to lavender and cream. Spicy grapefruit tinged with sweet cinnamon and cloves, with tannic grip. 93+/100, exceptional showing for the group.

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White

2014 Juliusspital Iphöfer Kronsberg Silvaner trocken

Franken more

11/8/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 91 points

I had visited this tasting room across the street from the Juliusspital five years ago, during a renovation phase. This time it’s slick and together with a quiet crowd enjoying the wines by the glass. The staff was exceptionally helpful—coping with my travelers and tourist problems that deserve extra praise. The wines were all fine values and were individually expressive and consistent. Worth a quick, or even a relaxed, visit for any Würzburg-visiting wine lover
2014 Würzburger Abstleite Silvaner Trocken, cat 142214, 13.5% abv. €12/750 ml. Fruity-peachy; umami palate; friendly and warm. 91/100
2014 Iphofer Kronsberg Silvaner Trocken, cat 142214. 13.5% abv. €12/750 ml. From Keuper soil (Gipskeuper, sehr skelettreich, toniger lehm mit hohem Kalkgehalt ). Grapefruit and umami nose; pointillist texture. Vivid but delicate, gently fruity finish. 91/100.
2013 Iphofer Kronsberg Riesling Trocken, AP 3000-016-14. From Keuper soil. Intense grapefruit, warm, spcy with cloves and cream. 91/100.
2014 Würzburger Stein Riesling Auslese, cat 140748. 10% abv. €15/500 ml. Concentrated and refracted color and great clarity with tears like gothic arches. Intense bananas. Grapefruit and spice with apples and cream, precise acidity and texture. Finish intense apples and baked pear. Shows need for time; plenty of improvement over 3 days tasting. 94/100. Served to fellow passengers at Alsvin tasting. (Hoher Skelletantiel, Gestein aus dem unteren Muschelkalk. Unterschiedliche Feinböden, meist tonig-lehmig, an manchen Stellen humos.)
2014 Rodelseer Küchenmeister Silvaner Trocken, cat. 146214. 13% abv. €12/750 ml. Tart grapes, grapefruit, lemons, with a complex minerality. Contrasts. 91/100. (Kipskeuper, schichten von Myophorien und Estherien. Steiniges Verwitterungsmaterial: Schilfsandstein und Dolomit; Kalkmergel; tonig, im Oberhang flachgründig, am Hangfuß iefer werdent. Schichten durch Flurbeiningung durchmengt. )
2014 Würzburger Stein Silvaner Trocken, cat. 140514, 13.5% abv; €13/750 ml. Intense, structured, pure, tight, citric. 90+/100.
2014 Würzburger Stein Weisser Burgunder Trocken, cat. 40614, 13.5 pabv. €13/750 ml. Brilliant water white color; Gentle whiff of white peach followed by straw. After a while minerality and lanolin; quite transparent also in flavor. 91/100.
2014 Wurzburger Abtsleite Riesling Trocken, 13.0% abv., cat 142314. 13 Reduced pear, opens to lavender and cream. Spicy grapefruit tinged with sweet cinnamon and cloves, with tannic grip. 93+/100, exceptional showing for the group.

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White

2014 Juliusspital Würzburger Abtsleite Silvaner trocken

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11/8/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 91 points

I had visited this tasting room across the street from the Juliusspital five years ago, during a renovation phase. This time it’s slick and together with a quiet crowd enjoying the wines by the glass. The staff was exceptionally helpful—coping with my travelers and tourist problems that deserve extra praise. The wines were all fine values and were individually expressive and consistent. Worth a quick, or even a relaxed, visit for any Würzburg-visiting wine lover
2014 Würzburger Abstleite Silvaner Trocken, cat 142214, 13.5% abv. €12/750 ml. Fruity-peachy; umami palate; friendly and warm. 91/100
2014 Iphofer Kronsberg Silvaner Trocken, cat 142214. 13.5% abv. €12/750 ml. From Keuper soil (Gipskeuper, sehr skelettreich, toniger lehm mit hohem Kalkgehalt ). Grapefruit and umami nose; pointillist texture. Vivid but delicate, gently fruity finish. 91/100.
2013 Iphofer Kronsberg Riesling Trocken, AP 3000-016-14. From Keuper soil. Intense grapefruit, warm, spcy with cloves and cream. 91/100.
2014 Würzburger Stein Riesling Auslese, cat 140748. 10% abv. €15/500 ml. Concentrated and refracted color and great clarity with tears like gothic arches. Intense bananas. Grapefruit and spice with apples and cream, precise acidity and texture. Finish intense apples and baked pear. Shows need for time; plenty of improvement over 3 days tasting. 94/100. Served to fellow passengers at Alsvin tasting. (Hoher Skelletantiel, Gestein aus dem unteren Muschelkalk. Unterschiedliche Feinböden, meist tonig-lehmig, an manchen Stellen humos.)
2014 Rodelseer Küchenmeister Silvaner Trocken, cat. 146214. 13% abv. €12/750 ml. Tart grapes, grapefruit, lemons, with a complex minerality. Contrasts. 91/100. (Kipskeuper, schichten von Myophorien und Estherien. Steiniges Verwitterungsmaterial: Schilfsandstein und Dolomit; Kalkmergel; tonig, im Oberhang flachgründig, am Hangfuß iefer werdent. Schichten durch Flurbeiningung durchmengt. )
2014 Würzburger Stein Silvaner Trocken, cat. 140514, 13.5% abv; €13/750 ml. Intense, structured, pure, tight, citric. 90+/100.
2014 Würzburger Stein Weisser Burgunder Trocken, cat. 40614, 13.5 pabv. €13/750 ml. Brilliant water white color; Gentle whiff of white peach followed by straw. After a while minerality and lanolin; quite transparent also in flavor. 91/100.
2014 Wurzburger Abtsleite Riesling Trocken, 13.0% abv., cat 142314. 13 Reduced pear, opens to lavender and cream. Spicy grapefruit tinged with sweet cinnamon and cloves, with tannic grip. 93+/100, exceptional showing for the group.

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2014 Juliusspital Würzburger Stein Silvaner trocken

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11/8/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 91 points

I had visited this tasting room across the street from the Juliusspital five years ago, during a renovation phase. This time it’s slick and together with a quiet crowd enjoying the wines by the glass. The staff was exceptionally helpful—coping with my travelers and tourist problems that deserve extra praise. The wines were all fine values and were individually expressive and consistent. Worth a quick, or even a relaxed, visit for any Würzburg-visiting wine lover
2014 Würzburger Abstleite Silvaner Trocken, cat 142214, 13.5% abv. €12/750 ml. Fruity-peachy; umami palate; friendly and warm. 91/100
2014 Iphofer Kronsberg Silvaner Trocken, cat 142214. 13.5% abv. €12/750 ml. From Keuper soil (Gipskeuper, sehr skelettreich, toniger lehm mit hohem Kalkgehalt ). Grapefruit and umami nose; pointillist texture. Vivid but delicate, gently fruity finish. 91/100.
2013 Iphofer Kronsberg Riesling Trocken, AP 3000-016-14. From Keuper soil. Intense grapefruit, warm, spcy with cloves and cream. 91/100.
2014 Würzburger Stein Riesling Auslese, cat 140748. 10% abv. €15/500 ml. Concentrated and refracted color and great clarity with tears like gothic arches. Intense bananas. Grapefruit and spice with apples and cream, precise acidity and texture. Finish intense apples and baked pear. Shows need for time; plenty of improvement over 3 days tasting. 94/100. Served to fellow passengers at Alsvin tasting. (Hoher Skelletantiel, Gestein aus dem unteren Muschelkalk. Unterschiedliche Feinböden, meist tonig-lehmig, an manchen Stellen humos.)
2014 Rodelseer Küchenmeister Silvaner Trocken, cat. 146214. 13% abv. €12/750 ml. Tart grapes, grapefruit, lemons, with a complex minerality. Contrasts. 91/100. (Kipskeuper, schichten von Myophorien und Estherien. Steiniges Verwitterungsmaterial: Schilfsandstein und Dolomit; Kalkmergel; tonig, im Oberhang flachgründig, am Hangfuß iefer werdent. Schichten durch Flurbeiningung durchmengt. )
2014 Würzburger Stein Silvaner Trocken, cat. 140514, 13.5% abv; €13/750 ml. Intense, structured, pure, tight, citric. 90+/100.
2014 Würzburger Stein Weisser Burgunder Trocken, cat. 40614, 13.5 pabv. €13/750 ml. Brilliant water white color; Gentle whiff of white peach followed by straw. After a while minerality and lanolin; quite transparent also in flavor. 91/100.
2014 Wurzburger Abtsleite Riesling Trocken, 13.0% abv., cat 142314. 13 Reduced pear, opens to lavender and cream. Spicy grapefruit tinged with sweet cinnamon and cloves, with tannic grip. 93+/100, exceptional showing for the group.

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Spirits

NV Sánchez Romate Hnos. Brandy de Jerez Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva

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11/5/2015 - sweetstuff wrote: 79 points

Sorry, Sr. Romate, but this brandy, which seems more low-end Pedro Xismenez Arrope than anything else, is dominated by an unbalanced bitterness and awful energetic heat that makes it a pleasure to spit. Could have been enjoyable, better put together and better balanced, but I'll pass. I have tried to warm up to it on several occasions, but without luck. Might be good to have with you if you were a St. Bernard in the alpine passes for reviving the half-frozen, but for those with more normal core temperatures, it would be good to give it a miss.

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