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Tasted May 13, 2016 by NoTrollingerPlease with 244 views

Flight 1 (1 note)

2008 Weingut Dautel Besigheimer Wurmberg Riesling *** Germany, Württemberg
89 points
Popped and poured.
Clear, golden color. Medium+ nose, clearly detectable as Riesling, fruit, mineral notes, no signs of petrol.
Dry, good acidity, lots of stony mineral notes, medium body and length. We all thought this wine to be from the Nahe or Rheinhessen and were very surprised to notice it from Württemberg. Yet another example for the exceptional quality of certain produces in this area. A really good and perfectly matured Riesling at its peak with further potential of at least 2-4 years.

Flight 2 (1 note)

2014 Domaine Belluard Gringet Vin de Savoie Pur Jus France, Savoie, Vin de Savoie
Popped and poured.
Clear, youthful pale golden color. Right from the start detectable as special, some kind of orange/natural wine with lots of aromas of mellow red apple, cider, musty. It opens up over time and white flower came too.
Dry, good acidity, reductive notes, salty mineral notes, must. Interesting wine, quite young, but not my preferred style of wine, so not rated here.

Flight 3 (1 note)

2006 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
88 points
Popped and poured.
Clear, medium golden color. Muted nose, detectable as Riesling with some ripe yellow stonefruit.
On the palate ripe aromas, dry-ish with some residual sugar, almost complete lack of mineral notes, medium+ body. After some guessing we identified this as a simple Smaragd. Still a nice wine it lacks tension and complexity on the mid palate. Maybe a bit past peak, so drink up now.

Flight 4 (1 note)

2010 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Buntsandstein Germany, Baden
92 points
Popped and poured.
Clear, medium- garnet color. Intense and very interesting nose with complex aromas of cloves, acetone, oak, smoked bacon.
Dry, with high acidity. The complex, cool aromas continued on the palate, but the combination of raspberry juice, smoked bacon, oak, and other spices is not everyone’s cup of tea. Clearly not Burgundian style, but complex and long. Medium+ body, 12,5% abv, drinks fine now, but will continue to develop for several more years.

Flight 5 (1 note)

N.V. Iwanohara Muscat Bailey A, Snow Flower Japan
80 points
Popped and poured.
Clear, youthful violet/purple color. Medium – intense, youthful nose with reductive notes and artificial fruit.
Dry, good acidity, tasted like one of Germany new fungus resistant Grape varieties, artificial fruit. Simple, not very complex. Certainly no potential for ageing.

Flight 6 (1 note)

2008 Moric Blaufränkisch Reserve Austria, Burgenland
89 points
Clear, quite youthful color medium ruby with violet reflexes, unfiltered. Medium intense, fully matured nose reminds me of BDX with notes of Brett, violets and pencil abrasion.
Dry with high acidity. Tannins are high and start to drying out the palate. Masculine, with a real edge, medium+ body, 13% abv. Good wine, usually with lot’s of potential for ageing. But because of the quality of tannins I doubt that it will be a pleasure to drink in 5-10 years, so enjoy it now or in the near future.

Flight 7 (1 note)

2003 Weingut Albrecht Schwegler Saphir Germany, Württemberg
91 points
Decanted for about 2h.
Clear, deep ruby red. Medium intense, fully developed nose, reductive notes, ripe dark red fruit, fine oak notes.
Dry, good acidity, powerful, fine grained tannin. Complex aromas with notes of blood, black pepper, lots of dark fruits, some stable notes, full bodied (14% abv), no signs of ageing. At its peak, but will continue to develop for the next 5-10 years.
Everybody thought that this is a wine from south of France or the new world, yet another example for the exceptional quality of some distinct vintners from Württemberg. If you want to mislead people in a blind tasting, use the reds from Schwegler :)

Flight 8 (1 note)

Red - Sweet/Dessert
1980 Tedeschi Recioto della Valpolicella Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Recioto della Valpolicella
92 points
Decanted for about 2h.
Clear, deep, almost black garnet color with some brown and orange reflexes. Intense, fully matured and complex nose with lots of dried red fruits, sweetness, coffee, spices. Some reductive notes as well but they vanished with air over time.
Off-dry, mighty and full bodied wine (13+2% abv). Very special, but surprisingly no signs of being that old. Good acidity and present tannins, both still well integrated. Complex aromas of dried fruit, coffee, spices, oak. Velvety mouthfeel. Unfortunately it is so mighty, that I can only drink a glass…
I would say it is at its peak, but can easily be kept for another decade.
Because of its complexity 91 pts + 1pt for its good shape.
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