This is a nice, discreet, nuanced wine; rather low-key. Carries its 13.5 abv very nimbly - I had to double-check that it wasn't 12.5. Characteristic dry Alsace Riesling aromas. The fruit is such that there could be a touch of RS, but not more. Very refined and subtle, not an overtly grandiose GC. A good bottle, though not a huge bargain at retail pricing.
Beautiful Riesling-esque bouquet of wet stones, steel, lime, hints of petrol. This is fairly full-bodied for a white wine, but it's quite dry with lots of tart lemon, a calcareous note, and huge mouthcoating finish. Very nice.
Half bottle. Medium yellow. Tangerine and with time, a touch of secondary petrol. Just off dry, medium weight with some glycerine sheen. Just classic flavors of pit fruit, citrus, and black tea. Exhilarating acidity and a long, stony finish with some smoke. What a great showing, especially from a smaller format. This should keep going for the better part of another decade.
Needed to open a second .375 since my first was noticeably maderized two nights ago. Not this one. Dry and focused palate that puts on some weight with air. Excellent with light dishes like grilled chicken or fish.
Sad news of passing of Laurence Faller brought me back to this wine. Bright light yellow; nose of lime, red grapefruit and just a touch of mango , mountain meadows and mineral notes. Rich and focussed palate and long finish. Great acidity. Drinks well but still getting better. Well done Laurence!! Surprisingly great match to Black Cod, roasted potatoes and fiddleheads. (93+)
Popped and poured to accompany corned beef on Saint Patrick's Day. Honey straw color. Nose of fresh-cut hay, grapefruit, and schist, with a whiff of mango. Palate revealed layers of cool slate, petrol, fresh grapefruit, peach, and biscuit. Lovely driving acidity and righteous mineral spine. Long finish of citrus, white stone, and very satisfying grip. Refreshing and soothing at the same time, this was a delicious drink.
Wet stones, minerals, grapefruit, lanolin, flowers and stone fruit. Intense and oily, this is drinking awesome right now and can go for a lot longer. About halfway through a case and it keeps getting better and better. Strong personality. I am crazy about this but nobody else really appreciated it.
Slow-O 1 hr. Stunning array of perfumes - wet stones, orange preserves, stone fruits, etc., with a rich, but (to my taste) dry, layered palate. Impressive length. Probably close to peak. Gorgeous. highly recommended
Entering middle age, some fruit and gloss has faded, leaving the slightly bitter grapefruit pith outro more forward and an overall more dry impression. The nose gained some mineral and petrol to cover up the dry stone fruits. Long, acidic finish. More fun to drink young than now; hold until acids fold in.
Lots going on here. Impressive nose of petrol and flint; mouth of grapefruit and other yellow/orange citrus - but very dry; length is bitter and after it tapers some, somewhat extended. A good wine, but to me, the picture is still a bit on the harsh side. (But at least it's not "unforgiving" as I wrote 3 years ago!)
Drank at a restaurant, so no opportunity for decanting. Expressive nose of peaches and wet stone followed by a delicious, unexpectedly sweet entry and a wonderful, palate-coating mineral texture. Beautiful streak of acidity on the long finish, and a great partner w/our seafood dinner. What a well-balanced and superb effort, with the structure to go much longer in the cellar!
Light pale yellow; nose of lime, flowery meadows, stones and minerals and just a touch of petrol. Rich, focussed palate with good middle palate and long long finish (couple of minutes at least). Great acidity. Drinkable but expect it to get better for many more years.
WHITE WINE #3. From 750ml bottle. Tasted blind. Nose is dominated by petrol. This must have some age in it. Very nice intermediate acidity. Less concentrated than White Wines #1 & #2. While interesting, the petrol aroma is too monolithic and bothersome to rate higher.
VINO BLANCO #3. De botella de 750ml. Probado a ciegas. La nariz está domianda por un aroma a queroseno. Este vino debe tener edad. La acidez es intermedia y agradable. Menos concentrado que los Vinos Blancos #1 & #2. La nota de Queroseno es interesante, pero domina demasiado y hace al vino monolítico.
Wine Exchange Tour de France (Sonoma): Still very taut and firm (this time out of 750). The structure is impeccable. Lovely orchard fruit nose backed by minerals. A truly lovely riesling with a long life ahead of it.
Pale vanilla color. Nose of alpine flowers, almond biscuit, mineral, and apricot. Very harmonious on the palate with a hint of spritz followed by subtle, etched layers of grapefruit, peach, and lime laced with mineral notes and terrific acidic spine. Seamless finish echoing citrus fruit and a bit of grip. Sampled very early but already balanced, aristocratic, and loaded for the long haul.
Similar to the last bottle (both in 375 format) in its hardness, precision and balance. It was very, very slightly corked -- not enough for me to consider it "flawed," but certainly perceptible. It did not seem to make the wine muted in any way, the hardness in the wine was structure, not TCA-related. I'll wait a bit longer to try this out of my 750s.
nose - aromatics hinting at petrol, for lack of a better term, and fresh brook. mouth - at first tart and dry, but with an expansive midpalate, and long finish. Good acidity. Mid to full bodied, with good minerality and mineral inspired flavors. Almost no fruit character so to speak. An intriguing dry food oriented white wine.
Stellar. I can't say enough about the balance of this wine, maybe its just the style I like but i feel the balance is perfect. Great acidity and length with good fruit but not too much and no over ripe tropical fruit flavors. Loads of minerality! This is definitley dry but not overly dry like some trocken German reisling. I've had this wine with both Thai food and grilled fish and its preformed brillantly. I've been trying to recreate this experience with German Reisling at Asian restaurants around Seattle but they're just not the same, they lack the lazer like focus and brightness. Buy this stuff.
There is so much going on in this wine. Stony backbone with tang and sufficient flesh, but young and tight in places. Decanting was a good decision; it just kept getting better. Agree with Dale. Others didn't appreciate this wine as much as I did, but I am thrilled to have another half-case to drink over the next decade or more. 92+?
Very shy on the nose, due no doubt to its extreme youth, but with aggressive swirling and aeration, traces of floral lemon peel and minerals emerged. Quite dry and very tight on the palate, slowly revealing the Schlossberg minerality and flint flavors, which expanded impressively on the back half and on the finish. With time, fresh peach flavors came to front, and the wine settled down to a very lace like and feminine (though quite powerful) texture and persona. Clearly, this is a wine of the soil vs. that of variatel character, and more of intellectual than hedonistic experience. That being said, this wine is begging for cellar time (I would give a good 5-7 years before cracking another) but the potential is clearly outstanding. Bodes very well for Weinbach and Alsace for the 05 vintage.