A footy geeks Sunday Evening (UrbanBelly, Chicago IL): Nose: This was exquisite from the word go with green apples, pears, white fruits, quince, floral notes, and a real nice underlying minerality. There is excellent depth and class to the nose as well with pitch perfect balance.
Taste: Medium bodied with racy medium+ acidity. The feel has a fatness to it, but it's more that it fills out as it goes across the palate with green apples, white fruits, quince, floral notes, a hint of petrol with a mineral base.
Overall: This was fantastic. The color is still on the lighter side and it really feels like it can develop much further and provide even more enjoyment.
Great wines at Lake Lanier (Gainesville, GA): Bright green and youthful appearance; tons of candied lime, on the entry it is more like lime soda with the acidic fireworks going off on your tongue, expansive on the palate but very tidy, initially the lime was complimented by candied ginger and vanilla cream but after a while the intense minerality echoed strongly in the wine but always buffered by great fruit, sweet but very refreshing; top notch but the only reason this was not brilliant was the lack of a great mid-palate; drinking really well now but should continue to age well for a long time; brilliant winemaking; wish I could have had this with the fried oysters and grouper at the restaurant.
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(Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese) This wine just hit that sweet spot with one sip and whatever was bothering me that day was gone with one sip of this greta wine. Majestic aromas of slate, pineapple, tangelo, grapefruit, cherry, floral spice. Just a symphonic nose. The palate is linear and incredibly focused but juicy and alive at the same time with so much depth and the classic Donnhoff dissolve on the finish which is super complex almost fractal of minerals that explodes and dissolves away. Just majestic wine.
(Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese) This is just awesome and I think with a touch less focus and snap than the '01 but is truly great. The nose was just awesome with sweet tart complexity and intense floral aromas with a rich cassis background. Incredibly expansive and harmonious. Just an amalagam of flavors on the nose. The palate was rich and dense with a great lightness. Ethereal with beautiful purity of fruit and saline minerality throughut. Long finish. This wine is just so complete. Wonderful.
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