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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.

  • NV Bière de Maredsous Dubbel

    Best before date 05/2011. Lot 1892 07 37. An ’8’ per the label, but no pabv listed there. Brewed and bottled by Duvel Moorgaat NV, Puurs, Belgium. On opening there is a delicate sweet white bread/orange spray, with mild caramel backing, pouring dark, with a higher head than some other Belgian Abbey Ales I could name. There is a roast coffee/anise entry, with what may be leather and a little staleness midpalate, but wait and see. Full bitter.burnt chocolate finish. Sort of a triangle--starts fine, and ends broad, perhaps a tad clunky. Malt seems scorched and the sweetness tails off; if it weren’t so bitter, I’d think it’d be short on the finish. Score is as is, at 4 plus years of age, perhaps 6. Needs to be revisited with a fresh bottle.

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  • 2007 Brys Estate Riesling Ice Wine 'Dry Ice'

    Brys Estate 2007 Riesling Ice Wine ‘Dry Ice’, 13.9 pabv; 70 grams/liter residual sugar; Picked December 6, 2007, with attention to gathering clean (non-botrytis-affected) grapes. Fortunately a bottle was open at the time of my visit. Cost $70/375 ml. Press juice was 43 Brix. Fermented for 42 days with acid and cold-tolerant cultured yeast strains. Fermented and aged in stainless steel.

    Double-decanted, and was considerably disaarranged by what it had been exposed to, so it got another 72 hours in the refrigerator back in the bottle, recorked, with some air space.

    Cork-finished, with a deep orange color. Bitter grapefruit plus a definite dried apricot aroma, with some fresh air and Gerber apple-sauce aromas, a tad of sourness. Then comes a note of vanilla.

    Quite a grippy entry, with restrained sweetness and citrus-bitterness. At first it gave me an impression of wood tannin, and I'm not sure that the wood aging is not there, despite what I've been told. The honeyed apricot-bitterness certainly advertises either botrytis or dried-berry overripeness, as it has a sort of mid--palate cooked note to it. There is less grace and more heaviness still. The acid seems a touch volatile. May improve with 3 or 4 years; MAY, I say.

    Certainly an atypical ice wine one which may improve with another sojourn in cellar. I believe I overestimated the quality of this wine the last time I tasted it.

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  • 2014 Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Cistercien

    Served at Terry Theise wine dinner at Winds, Yellow Springs, OH.

    More brilliant and positively pinker than the Prieler vom Stein of the same year; reduced when tasted from the Impitoyable but this disappears when tasted from a standard white wine glass, smells like a bubbly with subtle yeastiness; very dry and juicy. Develops juiciness and minerality on the finish. Excellent with food (Asparagus and Soft egg with morels).

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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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