Powerhouse of a Riesling; an incredibly intense, opulent wine with that typical Weil flamboyance and richness. This comes across more like a ripe Auslese with an array of white cherry, tangerine, candied limes, and more tropical fruit flavours accented by gentle honeyed and floral notes, though beneath all the richness and sweetness is a powerful acid spine that keeps it incredibly fresh and well balanced. Amazing length - this just clings to the palate - though this feels painfully young, and feels nowhere near ready.
Just what I'd expect from an '01 Mosel Spätlese. Light and delicate on the palate, with layers of ripe Mosel apple and citrus fruit, slate, and floral notes coming together seamlessly with more savoury and developed creamy and smoky elements. Very understated, with the flavours slowly unravelling and developing with more air, and impeccably balanced with bright acids matching the moderate sweetness perfectly.
Unlike the Australian cricket team, at least this showed up today. It's not as painfully young as my last bottle, but still gives me the impression that I should leave my last bottle alone for some more years. A touch tight on opening, but with a few hours in the decanter it's very complex, with an array of savoury cedar, eucalyptus, mint, and more bitter earthy and tree bark flavours framing rich black currant and other dark berried fruit. Powerful on the palate with some tannic bite on the back end, but I liked this a lot.
11/21/2013 10:24:00 AM - Salil, You have been my favorite poster on CT for quite some time as your notes are excellent and we enjoy similar wines. I just noticed you are in the New Haven area as well. If you have any interest in drinking some wine shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.....I have a bunch of great german and northern rhone stuff I'd be happy to share.
1/22/2013 7:33:00 PM - Salil: Glad to see your note on the Peyre Rose. I just happen to have opened a btl of the 91 Clos des Cistes tonight about 30 minutes before seeing your note. It is a little reserved, so far, on PNP from the cellar, but seems to be opening up with some of the same leather and sauvage characteristics. I have several btls of both the 91 Syrah Leone and Clos des Cistes, and was thinking what fun it would be to put both in next to one another in a blind tasting. Also, I haven't had the 2001 Dragonstone, but I've loved the 2002 over the past few years - what a great bargain of a riesling. Happy drinking.
12/12/2012 2:20:00 PM - I was thinking about drinking a '95 Salon for New Year's Eve and saw your note on CT. After reading your note and that you consumed this bottle at Ibiza, I felt compelled to join CT. I live in New Haven and Ibiza is my favorite restaurant. I am more of drinker and enjoyer of wines than a note poster. However, I would like to learn more about wines so if know of wine tasting events in and around New Haven, I would appreciate it if you would keep me in mind. I can be reached at email@example.com. Peace.
12/2/2012 8:16:00 AM - Cool. 98 was the first year I bought big in Muller Catoir wines (bought them from Premier Cru out in CA). I don't have my full cellar online yet, but will look to see what my 98's look like. Anything in particular about that year? I'm fond of 96 myself (for MC and germans in general). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh - are you going to the Acker BYO on monday?
11/27/2012 3:58:00 PM - Big fan of your notes - also a big Riesling drinker. I think we have similar tastes (old Muller Catoir wines for example). I'm friends with Justin Christoph here in NYC. We should drink together sometime.