Tasting Notes for m_arcon

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Rosé
6/21/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
89 points
Made out of the younger vines from the famous Morstein vineyard. Nearly transparent in colour. Elegant nose with notes of unripe strawberry, crushed stones, herbal aromas and a bit of sea breeze. Very fresh but not lots of fruit. On the palate with a nice tension and length. Went very well with food. A Rose with aspiration. No easy drinking here.
Red
5/31/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
94 points
Keller Open Afterparty (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): It’s always special to taste Romanee-Conti but this wine was brought double blind and thats the best way to avoid a "label effect". A very structured, deep and masculine Pinot with lots of flesh to the bone. You can feel the inner balance this wine has. On the palate very fresh and also very well balanced. It feels like this Richebourg can easily age for another twenty to fifty years without any problem.
94+
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Rosé
5/31/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
92 points
Keller Open Afterparty (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): A first one for me. A very unusual Rose with a wonderful freshness besides this underneath textual richness. Paired wonderful with fresh Ravioli filled with langoustine and crab.
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White
5/31/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
93 points
Keller Open Afterparty (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): Very strong showing although the wine is still super young. Reductive, flinty with a pronounced acidity and tons of stone flavors in the after taste. Needs at least five years more time.
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White
5/31/2019 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
93 points
Keller Open Afterparty (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): The Terra Montosa comes from grapes out of all Cru-Vineyards Weingut Breuer owns. They are situated in Rüdesheim (Berg Roseneck, Berg Schlossberg and Berg Rottland) and Rauenthal (Nonnenberg). It’s a classic "second" wine like the von der Fels from Keller. For this special bottling, Theresa Breuer let one barrel of the "normal" Terra Montosa sleep for another year in the cellar to see how it develops. As far as I know it’s not a barrel selection of the "best" Terra Montosa barrel. The wine is not sold officially.
This bottle was brought double blind I in the beginning I hardly recognized that it’s Riesling. A nice mineral flavor profile mixed with some unripe yellow stone fruit, white flowers and a certain creaminess on the nose. On the palate this Terra Montosa Patientia is bone dry in every sense of the word. This is especially surprising as the 2015 is considered as a warmer vintage. The fruit also shows up but in nice underlaid way. It seems like that this one more year in the barrel made this wine even more balanced. Curious to try a actual release (2017) of the normal Terra Montosa to compare.
White
5/31/2019 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
94 points
Keller Open Afterparty (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): Surprisingly open for a RR this 2007 showed a nice mix of yellow and also white fruit elements, white flowers, violets, anise and wet stone. On the palate a lot of herbal components, great acidity which is nicely integrated but also pronounced. Very long and lingering finish. This slowly comes around very, very nicely if you have a good bottle.
White
5/31/2019 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
92 points
Keller Open Afterparty (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): I doubt you can find any better Aligote out in the world of wine (maybe Leroy or Coche) but this is seriously a bomb of a wine. So mineral driven, sharp like a laser and very fine. Unfortunately the prices are incredible these days and the wines are nearly impossible to get.
White - Sparkling
5/31/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
93 points
Keller Open Afterparty (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): Great start into the evening. We had a lot of Marie-Noelle Ledru that evening (Cuvee du Goulte 2009, 2010 and this 2012 which particularly stands out for me besides two Mags, the Millesime 2005 and the "normal" Extra-Brut). The 2012 is definitely still a very young gun but has a lot of energy and precision. The acidity is lovely pronounced but also very balanced. Will age gracefully.
White
5/31/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Keller Open (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): Like the von der Fels also the Kirchspiel showed a bit more settled than in March. More on the shy side, this only needs a lot of time. But it has everything to be a stunner in ten to fifteen years.
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White
5/31/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Keller Open (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): Already a bit more settled than in March with an incredible balance. The acidity nicely blends into the wine. More white fruited. Will age very good and I´m sure this von der Fels will benefit from it. An incredible PQR.
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
94 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): Hard stand after the Unendlich which was so totally different. Much more my style. Very precise with a super sharp (for some people surely too sharp) acidity. Nearly totally on the white fruit & flower flavor profile side. Bone and I really mean bone dry. A kind of minimalistic wine in a certain sense. Long finish. Can age for another ten years.
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White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
91 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): This wine has everything (except acidity) but from everything too much. VERY intense and big. Tons of substance, dried apricots, honey and vanilla all over the place. Gets a bit better with air but I only can drink a single glass and I´m replete. That’s not my vision of dry Riesling.
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
93 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): For a lot of people on the table the wine of the night. I couldn’t say a word about the quality but it’s simply not my style. Nevertheless the nose is very intense with flavors of spices, apricot, honey but also a nice herbal note. On the palate intense, for me a bit to heavy. But the pressure on the mid palate is definitely impressive although you have to know where this power is coming from. Very long. Still a long life ahead.
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
92 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): A very good wine with a more citrus, white peach, white flowers flavor profile. You still feel the Pfalz warmth and roundness.
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White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
95 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): This is a sleeping monster. In the beginning the famous Kirchenstück from Bürklin-Wolf showed not much but after a lot of air in the glass the wine slowly opens up and gets better and better. Quince and more fine yellow fruit, very complex and incredible subtle. Very balanced on the palate with a acidity which only slowly comes out and gets more and more sharp and precise on the back-end of your palate. Very long finish. Was a bit underestimated on the table imo. This wine needs time, perfect storing conditions and attention. Still potential left imo 95+
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
91 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): The baroque nose is dominated by yellow fruit, acacia and also some notes of mustard and some pickled cucumber. Ripe and round on the palate. Missing a bit the cut and the precision. Very balanced on the mid-palate. On the back end I get a bit of a bitter not. Good but not really "my" wine.
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
94 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): I think this is the very first example of the Auslese R which was produced totally without Bernd Philippi. KR is always a special wine because to me often it isn’t a typical German Riesling.
A very cool, balanced nose with aromas of lilac, balm, citrus peel, aniseed and herbal flavors. A complex but quite open nose for such a "young" Auslese R. On the palate balanced, quite complex with a lot of depth, length and precision. Still years ahead but like Dirk mentioned, one of the most pleasurable surprises of the evening.
94+
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
96 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): I always knew that the Ried Schütt Smaragd from Knoll is a very good wine but this 2009 was really on top of the game. What a wonderful nose with aniseed, green herbs and a beautiful touch of yellow stone fruit. Very fine and lean on the palate with a lot of tension, freshness and precision. Lot’s of citrus peel on the back end. What a wonderful wine.
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
92 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): Totally different than the Schlossberg the 2009 Schlehdorn from natural head Peter Jakob Kühn shows lots of ripe, yellow fruit mixed with a bit of cheese, tobacco and lots of herbal flavors. On the palate also ripe but very deep and balanced. I was a big fan of the 2008 version of this wine, the 2009 isn’t on that level imo. Missing the freshness a bit.
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
95 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): The Schlossberg separat the table into two factions. The one side says it’s too singular, the other sides (like me) loves it. For me the youngest wine of the tasting. Still dormant in it´s shell with so much power & pressure underneath. On the nose just a bit of white fruit, grapefruit and a hint of mint mixed with a mineral, wet stone component. On the palate VERY dry (much more than any other wine in the tasting beside the Trimbach), with tension through the roof. Tons of lemon and sea salt on the long, racy finish. What a young monster. Give it ten better fifteen years.
95++
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
94 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): Still on the young side, this specific bottle of the 2009 Halenberg shows a lot of spontaneous yeast components in the beginning which turn into a lovely perfume of yellow and a bit of green (but not in bad way) fruit, for me this is very typical Halenberg. Round and totally in balance on the palate. Missing a bit the last acid kick but nevertheless a very, very good Halenberg. 09 is often considered as on of the best vintages of this flagship from the Nahe.
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
93 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): The Hermannshöhle was the most "favourable" wine in this flight. Lots of fruit upfront, dominated by passion fruit, mango and some pineapple. On the palate good mineral core and tension. A good but not a very good Hermannshöhle imo. Lacks the precision. I´m not sure if it will improve much in the future.
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
96 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): The Nahe flight was certainly a big step up after the slightly disappointing Morstein trio. This Felseneck from Schäfer-Fröhlich shows a wonderful harmonious nose of white fruit, elder blossom and also some nice yellow fruit (but in a fresh not in a ripe way). Lean on the palate with an incredible balanced acidity; vibrant and full of tension. Very long, salty finish. Definitely one, if not the wine of the night. Best bottle till now. Big up Tim Fröhlich!
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
91 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): Even a bit riper than the normal Morstein from Wittmann, which often was a kind of "problem" back in the days, when ripeness was more important than anything else. But also very deep and nicely balanced. Very broad shoulders.
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
90 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): Even riper than the Morstein from Keller. Too ripe imo. Maybe the wine just needs more time to loose it’s fat but I´m not sure. Missing the precision. Not my wine.
White
5/11/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
93 points
“Ten Years After” 2009 Dry Riesling Tasting (Private Location): Interesting flight to start of the "ten years after" tasting. Typical "Rheinhessen" nose with a lot of yellow, ripe stone fruit but also some green reflexes like herbal notes. Quite balanced on the palate but also a touch too sweet imo. Gets better and better with air. A good Morstein but by far not on the very top.
White - Off-dry
4/18/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
94 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Pre-Easter tasting (Private Location): What a deep nose, so typical for this special vineyard. Super ripe apricot, nearly a bit of raisins and brown earth (this is so typical for the Doctor vineyard imo). Very harmonious on the palate, lovely acidity, good length. Still so nice to drink.
White - Off-dry
4/18/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
92 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Pre-Easter tasting (Private Location): A very young, lean reductive nose (high on the Sulfur, typical Prüm). Citrus, fresh white sliced pear and the typical slate notes. On the palate also very airy (more Spätlese than Auslese in style), elegant and precise but still so unbelievable young. Give it 15, better 20 more years.
White - Off-dry
4/18/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
92 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Pre-Easter tasting (Private Location): A very clear nose with a mix of vanilla, citrus, bee-wax, ripe yellow stone fruit and herbs. On the palate light (typical SL) with this certain calmness only a handful of vintners can deliver. Straight with a high level of acidity. Juicy and airy. A wonderful Spätlese from a special vintage.
Red
4/18/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
92 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Pre-Easter tasting (Private Location): Compared to the Becker we had before I liked this a lot more because this is what I search for in Pinot. Elegance, straightness and precision. Very similar to my impression in 2016. Red currant, earth and some herbal notes on the nose. Minimalistic and straightforwardly. On the palate wiry with a lively acidity, so fresh and vital. Harmonic without being otherworldly complex. A lovely wine to drink.
White
4/18/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
92 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Pre-Easter tasting (Private Location): Typical "Rheinhessen notes" of ripe pineapple, apple, ripe pear and some yellow stone fruit. Also a bit of smoke coming around. Very dense and bold nose, needs air or some more time in the bottle. On the palate also a good amount of extract but also the power of the Morstein but in this case in a bold way (if you drink a Morstein from a cooler vintage it also has the power but with more precision and vibrancy). The mineral core is there but it is rapped into a bit too much sweetness to be a great Morstein. Still on the young side. I doubt he will ever loose his baby fat but who knows. Better let your bottles sleep for another 5-10 years.
Beer
4/18/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Pre-Easter tasting (Private Location): Brought by Markus and it was a nice contrast. Only heard of this very famous beer producer. On the nose lots of soap, kefir, slightly vomit but also a bit of white peach. On the palate extremely sour and with a VERY high acidity. Very refreshing but I doubt you can drink a bottle on your own. No rating here.
Red
4/18/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
91 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Pre-Easter tasting (Private Location): Perfect example for a German Pinot Noir imo. The nose is a mix of strawberry and raspberry mixed with a good portion of vanilla and a nutty component (way too much oak imo). Gets better with time but absolutely not my preferred style. Better on the palate although the oak also dominates here. The acidity plays on a medium level. Harmonic mouthfeel, good length. Without a doubt this wine has a certain level of quality but again: Just not my style.
White
4/18/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
87 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Pre-Easter tasting (Private Location): Ripe pear, cider, a touch of acacia, vanilla and a slightly green component on the nose. Also already in the nose a bit of "warmness". On the palate lots of extract, quite voluminous but with a good mouthfeel and also the acidity plays on a good level. On the back end a bit bitter and a bit hot.
Got it double blind and never in thousand years thought it could be a Sauvignon Blanc. Interesting to taste.
White - Off-dry
4/3/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
flawed
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Mostly Grünhaus with some side kicks (Private Location): Also a hint of cork here, what a pitty! On the nose more ripe apricot and a bit of Earl Grey with a bit of citrus. On the palate intensive, the acidity is well integrated into the wine but by far not as light as the 1990. No Rating.
White - Off-dry
4/3/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
flawed
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Mostly Grünhaus with some side kicks (Private Location): Dirk already descriped the wine perfectly. The palate was everything I want from a Grünhaus cask Auslese. So fresh, vibrant and racy. Wow, just wow. If you can find a perfect stored bottle of this wine it will be a cask Auslese close to perfection. 1990 is a very special vintage at Grünhaus. All the wines I´ve had were very, very good. No rating from me here.
White - Off-dry
4/3/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
93 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Mostly Grünhaus with some side kicks (Private Location): My birth vintage, so I was a bit more excited than normal as we opened the bottle. On the nose you get the Grünhaus aroma Profil, but the herbal aspect is by far not as upfront, as I experienced it with other (cooler) vintages. You have more apricot, dried apricot, tangerin, black tea and a certain depth with more dark, earthy components. On the palate the wine needs a bit to fully develope. A very fine, lean (more like a Spätlese) and harmonic showing but not having the punch, vibrancy or the edge to be on the very top of my Grünhaus experiences. If you have some bottles left in you cellar I would drink them in the next 5 years.
Red
4/3/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
89 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Mostly Grünhaus with some side kicks (Private Location): On the nose a mix of plum, rum pot, raisins, amarena cherry, a bit of cinnamon and a hint of brett. Not my personal favourite flavour profile. On the palate like Dirk already mentioned very salty which is kind of interesting. The acidity is on a good level, although you can feel a bit of heat on the back end. I would drink it slightly chilled as the alcohol isn´t that superficial then. Good quality but not my style.
White
4/3/2019 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
96 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Mostly Grünhaus with some side kicks (Private Location): Popped and poured, next time I would decant it 100% because the wine needs a lot of air. At the beginning more "dark" aromas of caramel, cold smoke and ripe yellow fruit on the nose. But the wine steadily developed some new notes with more time and air in the glass like wet stone, herbs and tobacco. A fascinating and very complex nose. On the palate ripe but elegant. The acidity is beautiful integrated into the wine but still very lively. The wine gets better and better over time. Very energetic, vibrant and with a mineral kick. Good amount of power and a lovely citurs kick on the long, long finish. A very impressive wine for me. Still fairly young.
White
4/3/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
92 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Mostly Grünhaus with some side kicks (Private Location): Dirk already described the wine perfectly, I only had one glass on day 3(?) after opening and the last cut was missing but nevertheless a very nice Grünhaus. I personally didn´t identified the wine as Grünhaus right away but with some more time in the glass the typical aromas developed.
White
3/16/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Weingut Keller annual vintage presentation "Kleiner Rhein - großer Wein 1911-1959-2001-2018?" (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): Racy, racy, racy! The acidity is like a scalpel cutting through. Slightly green aromas which is so typical for the grape variety.
White
3/16/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Weingut Keller annual vintage presentation "Kleiner Rhein - großer Wein 1911-1959-2001-2018?" (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): Very young. Fresh sliced white pear, young fruits and a lot of freshness on the nose. The acidity is very present, vibrant mouthfeel. Nice play between acidity and sweetness. Slightly less racy than in 2017. Better in one/two years.
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White
3/16/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Weingut Keller annual vintage presentation "Kleiner Rhein - großer Wein 1911-1959-2001-2018?" (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): Very hard job for the Riesling Limestone after all those GGs and the legendary G-Max. Very young, drinking very well The acidity is high but not unpleasant. Give it one year to come together.
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White
3/16/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Weingut Keller annual vintage presentation "Kleiner Rhein - großer Wein 1911-1959-2001-2018?" (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): It´s always a special event when you have the chance to try a G-Max. Maybe the most sought after dry Riesling out of Germany at the moment. The 2018 G-Max is surprisingly open. Very fine pear, a hint of tobacco and some reductive notes. Very harmonious nose but you already recognize by the smell of the wine, that there is so much substance here. On the palate the wine nearly explodes so much vibrancy is there. Although the intensitiy is that high you also have a certain finesse. The finish is incredible long and vibrant.
White
3/16/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Weingut Keller annual vintage presentation "Kleiner Rhein - großer Wein 1911-1959-2001-2018?" (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): 30% of the crop was lost because of hail in the Morstein & Abtserde.

Felix and KPs favourite GG in 2018. A wine of pure balance, finesse and precision. Sea salt and citrus all over the place. Although the wine is incredible fine, there are many layers which you can feel but they will only open up with time. Give it 5, better 10 years.
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White
3/16/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Weingut Keller annual vintage presentation "Kleiner Rhein - großer Wein 1911-1959-2001-2018?" (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): 30% of the crop was lost because of hail in the Morstein & Abtserde.

The first three words I wrote down are: Deep, abysmal, Morstein! You already get the phenolics on the nose. Also some ripe stone fruit. On the palate you immediately get the power, the volume and the vibrancy Morstein knows to deliver. You can almost chew the wine so much substance is there. Lots of salted citrus on the long, long finish. Already a monster. Give it time.
White
3/16/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Weingut Keller annual vintage presentation "Kleiner Rhein - großer Wein 1911-1959-2001-2018?" (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): After the Kirchspiel, the Hubacker appears much more settled in a certain way. Still very young, the nose shows more ripe pear, a bit of apple and a bit of chalk. On the palate juicy but with an edge. Long, beautiful finish.
White
3/16/2019 - m_arcon wrote:
Weingut Keller annual vintage presentation "Kleiner Rhein - großer Wein 1911-1959-2001-2018?" (Weingut Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany): The Kirchspiel was one of my favourites in 2017 and also in 2018 it´s one of the best GGs out of the whole range imo. Unripe stone fruits, fresh sliced white peach mixed with tons of citrus, citrus peel and minerals on the nose. The acidity is very high and cuts like a laser knife through you palate. Precise, straight forward. A brutally young wine, a rough diamond which needs time. Mostly produced from vines which were planted in 1964.
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