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Member since February 2005

Real name: John Trombley
Locale: Piqua, Ohio, USA
Favorite region: Mosel, Nahe.
Dream wine: Perfectly stored and aged Riesling from old vines, made in late-harvest style or the dry style.
Retired parmacist, decades-long pursuit of European wines, Germans, Rieslings, and 'sweet-stuff'.

Do some cellar management for those who don't have time for the most fun part of the pursuit (other than imbibing). Other hobbies: calligraphy, spiritual theology, cosmology and astronomy.

  • 2012 Chateau Grand Traverse Ship of Fools

    From the CGT Eclectic Series. (A mixture of three pinots: Noir, Blanc, and Gris. Typically with 65 percent PB, 30 percent PG, and 5 percent PN, but may differ somewhat from year to year. This one is 70%/25%/5%. Current retail about $15/750 ml. 12.8 pabv. Winemaker Sean O'Keefe. From Old Mission Peninsula, estate bottled, vineyards, Fisher-Bella Donna (PB), Steen (PG), Zafarana (PN). Stelvin closure. Bought one but also asked for one more to be left in my room at the Chalet.

    Llight yellow-green. Compared with tasting a year ago, considerable improvement and positive evolution. I'm used to Ship of Fools giving its all right out of the blocks, and that's a good amount of all. Used as an ingredient and an accompaniment to a homemade Osso Buco Milanese/Risotto Milanese combo.

    Very typical Formosa oolong, white cherry turnover, and light floral notes. Nice lemon-lime zest overlying a nice warmth on the finish. Still could use a year in the cellar, but I like 'em when the body and head park company. A slightly more ripe and powerful style; give it time. Drink now-2016.

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  • 2006 Hans Wirsching Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg Silvaner Auslese

    Suzanne's Chinese Tea and Oranges: '06 Wirsching Julius-Echter-Berg Silvaner Auslese, Franken, AP 5011 032 07, 9.5 pabv; Rudi Weist. WineBid lot I5008201, $26 plus 14% bp.
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    Cork-finished; could use better quality of cork--short, coarse and crumbly. Limpid green orange.

    Under the white China tea and tangerine there is a most delicate veal broth supporter. The China tea is so faithful to the depth of good Silver Needle variety that it's shocking.

    Just adequate ripe and juicy acidity for this level of ripeness; a touch of orange peel infusion. Great integration and harmony, with delicate white-wine tannins, that's found in the best Silvaner Auslese; much like the tea. For those of you who know and love this style, it's a beautiful expression of something that's quite different from a Rhine or Mosel Riesling Auslese. The Silvaner holds smoky minerality in check in favor of a chord of almost tear-provoking loveliness, like a Leonard Cohen song sung by Judy Collins. Perhaps deserves better of me than I'm giving. Drink now or hold. Won't get funky or die any time soon.

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  • 2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

    Just a note. I opened this bottle perhaps 3 weeks ago, and was left totally unimpressed by its muddy flavors and unimpressive nose. Put it in the fridge, and was about to toss it, when I decided to re- taste. A different wine! This wine was not a defective wine, but one that needed a LOT of time to relax with a bit of Oh-two.

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  • sweetstuff says:

    4/10/2014 4:54:00 PM - A very flattering note, Matthew. Thanks. Of two Austrian wines I just purchased were the Hirtzberger Spitzer Hochrain Wachau Smaragd 2009, with an incredibly lacy texture, and the 2004 Steiner Hund Riesling Nikolaihof, with a very similar texture.

  • mattyboy_ says:

    4/10/2014 12:25:00 PM - Greetings from Seattle! I recently acquired a few splits of 2005 Bert Simon Serriger Herrenberg Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel and saw your note and immediately became a fan. Your TN's are excellent! I recently got turned on to German and Austrian rieslings and I can't get enough. The wines are truly incredible. Will continue to read and enjoy your notes, in fact I'm compelled to seek out some of the wines you have rated highly. Cheers, Matthew

  • short and confused says:

    2/28/2014 11:10:00 AM - It is so nice not to pay Burgundy prices for these Germans. The comparative value is amazing!

  • sweetstuff says:

    12/8/2013 5:17:00 AM - Ah, so you're just north of 1-70. So is Piqua, Ohio, where I live, about 45 minutes east of the state line.

  • cookiefiend says:

    12/8/2013 5:09:00 AM - Noblesville is just north and slightly east of Indianapolis, complete with a lovely town square. :-)

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