Very nice! The nose showed talc, diesel, minerals, and many other elements. This was a wonderful, classic German Riesling nose. The palate was thick and lush with nice depth, sweet, tropical fruit, powdered sugar, and lemon bars. Nice and complex, yet it still stayed up front in the mouth. Balanced finish, enough acid to leave you wanting another sip. Excellent wine, and drinking much younger than expected.
Night 1 - PnP. As with prior bottle, cork was moldy at the top, but no impact on the wine.
Muted nose. Very sweet/syrupy with hints of tropical fruit on the palate. Very full mouth feel with little acid and short finish. Can't say I enjoyed this very much and thought wine was better last year.
Night 2 after storing in fridge - Much better as the syrupy sweetness substantially dissipated resulting in a much more interesting wine.
Night 3 after storing in fridge - A slight drop off from night 2, but still much more interesting than night 1.
Not much on the nose for this guy, some musky oak, but that's about it. - Very sweet, fruit forward wine. Lots of tree fruit, heavy on the apple. Had a bit of a sweet/syrupy aftertaste that I didn't necessarily dig. Didn't ruin it for me, I just prefer my Riesling's more on the dry side.
Bottle 3 of 6 from Full Pull. Bad bottle. The cork on this was soaked through with a nice ring of mold around the top where the cork met the bottle. Looked like there was some growth throughout the cork.
Somewhat drinkable, but everything I remember from the last bottle is totally muted...I'd call this one a dead bottle.
I like this bottle of '97 better than the one I had at Thanksgiving...this one seems more full and rich, and I get really nicely developed fruit, green apple, apricot, mango, and I swear a hint of chamomile mint tea, with the petrol in a supporting role...I remember the previous bottle as petrol dominant.
I did jump this up a couple points, this bottle was better.
This bottle was much better than the last. Less serious petrol, but what was there was pleasant. Fruit of apples and white peaches, white florals mixed as the petrol lifted and the residual sugar had blended nicely with the mineral and tangerine acidity. Great bottle!
Major loads of petrol, giving way to pitted fruit, pineapple and red apples. The Residual sugar blended well with the acidity. I wasn't happy that the cork receded so much as the bottle was slow cooled in the cellar. Not a great aging sign.
Very nice, we enjoyed this quite a bit. Just popped and poured from the bottle. Bright granny smith apples and hints of apricot jam, along with that nice petrol/oily note that Riesling develops. I know not everyone is a fan of that though...
Simple and straightforward, was great with turkey, and I was thinking it would be awesome with pork as well. Seems to be drinking well now, and has plenty of life left to it.
Impromptu tasting of C.H. Berres' Urziger Wurzgarten Rieslings (Beautiful Wines, The Plaza): I really liked this. The nose wad not the strongest point on the wine unfortunately. It would probably be best described as "challenging". Full of diesel, some pungent jackfruit notes, some orange tangerine, but beyond that, it was just hard to get past the fumey diesel scents. It was on the palate that the wine really shone. Rich, sweet, a bit less taut compared to the 1994, but there was a whole lot more depth, with delicious stone fruit flavours wed to juicy acid and steely mineral and, finally, a lovely mouthfull of spice at the long finish. A really nice wine, still in a bit of an awkward adolescent stage, but it should be drinking very well with a few more years under its belt.