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Red
2016 Vietti Barbera d'Alba Vigna Vecchia Scarrone
Evening with friends (@Private location, Solingen): Glass: Sophienwald
Decanted for about an hour. My first Barbera from 2016. At the beginning a bit fruity, with time and air in the glass it developed more and more complexity and elegance. For a Barbera the high tannin and acidity is wonderfully integrated. The wine was lovely balanced and what amazed me especially was, that I did not recognize the 15% abv at all! Certainly very young, so either give it 2-3h of decanting time or wait for a few more years. Beautiful wine. 90-91+ PQR is a bit mediocre.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    9/12/20, 11:29 PM - Oh dear Lord, what a shame. I should have read my note twice :) For sure 100% Barbera. Had a Barolo in parallel...

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Eiswein Nahe
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Summer tasting (Asperg): Clear, medium-deep golden color. Very fresh, young and intense nose of rhubarb, quince, acidity, mineral notes. Dense and complex.
Oily texture, very good balance of sweetness and extreme, but wonderful integrated acidity. Lots of Rhubarb and exotic fruit. Great tension. Very juicy and round. Still very young. Looong and lingering. Potential for at least 2 more decades. 94-95+
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    8/8/20, 1:15 AM - Dave, unfortunately i did not and I deeply regret it. It would have benefited from decanting. Next bottle I will :)

White
2010 Weingut Keller Abts E® Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
Keller Abtserde full vertical tasting (2006-2017) (nineOfive, Düsseldorf): *** please understand this note only in context of the whole tasting story ***
Glass: Zalto Bordeaux or Universal
Wonderful pure pineapple in the nose. On the palate high, racy but very ripe acidity. Very precise and focused, lots of tension and pure energy! This is a great wine in the making! It is not event close to its full peak, but already a great wine, that can gain even more complexity in the future. My vintage of the night! 94-95++
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    7/25/20, 7:52 AM - To Collector1855:
    1) Usually not before 10 years. Yes, they make fun younger, but the real pleasure starts with 10+ years.
    2) Very difficult to say. I guess, that varies from vintage to vintage and personal preference. Morstein, AbtsE, Pettenthal and Hipping are pretty unique. Hubacker and Kirchspiel are usually a bit below, but in certain vintages that changes. In some vintages AbtsE leads, in 2017 it is for sure Pettenthal. So IMHO no clear ranking. Isn't that what makes it exciting?
    3) Oh yes, especially in the last 5-10 years. Morstein, AbtsE, Hubacker and Kirchspiel are coming from Westhofen, mostly limestone soil with Morstein and AbtsE (afaik) highest amount of active lime. Pettenthal and Hipping are coming from the "red slope" in Nierstein, totally differnt soil and terroir.

White - Off-dry
2018 Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese #14 Mosel Saar Ruwer
Cellar tasting (Cologne): Glass: Gabriel Standard
*** brief notes for my memory, no official CT rating ***
Popped and poured, tasted blind. Nose for me was quite muted that means: non existing. Acidity not yet fully integrated, rather lean, thought 2017. Good, but not special today. 87-88
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/11/20, 3:18 AM - Different setup, wine tasted blind, no formal notes taken, not followed its development over hours. Hence no "official" rating.

Red
2001 Château Montus Madiran La Tyre Tannat
Pre-Unendlich Dinner (Restaurant Waldhorn, Kirchheim, Germany): Glass: Gabriel Standard
Decanted for about 1h. Deep, ruby color. Clean, medium intense nose. Surprisingly fruity, not with the usual Montus barn notes. Some tobacco, espresso chocolate.
On the palate also a big surprise: I expected extreme tannin, but the high tannin was silky and wonderfully integrated. This bottle was still on the fruity side than on the tertiary aroma side. Very joyful to drink, quite complex, good balance. Long. Potential for at leas another decade. Worth the pricetag? Hm, probably not. 92-93
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    4/9/20, 4:13 AM - Roughly 100 EUR. It is the "Super Cuvée" from Montus.

Red
2015 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
3/10/2020 - Yappetizer wrote:
93 points
This is yet another 'wow' wine I've had from the CDP region. Deep beautiful burgundy in color, beautiful nose of dried herbs, white pepper, parsley, safron,nutmeg, thyme, bouquet of flowers, red berries, could already feel that kick of alcohol on the nose, this one here is a 15%. Confirming on the palate, dried cooking spices, dark Berries, very slight note of tobacco, medium to full bodied, well balanced between the spices, herbs and floral notes. Long finish. Showing so much at this age, looking forward !
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    3/10/20, 9:54 PM - Hi, are you sure that 80 points match your description? Sounds more like 90+. Your Clos des Papes rating was 90 and was less enthusiastic:)

White
2018 Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett Alte Reben Mosel Saar Ruwer
2/17/2020 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Just got it, had to try it. I opened the bottle about 2 hours ago and this glass has been sitting out for maybe 30 minutes. (When poured it is really wound and potent). Wonderful nose of lime, tangerine, crushed stones, mint, herbs, honey, white floral, smokey minerals. Tons of flavor and extract, not all that sweet, excellent acid, great focus. Similar to the nose, this is incredibly lively and electric, very sharp. Not exactly light - too much power. Everything in the nose is there, with also a little green and red apple, maybe a little peach, more honey on the palate (not exactly sure about that because it's not very sweet) - the lime comes out more and more into the finish along with the crushed stones plus a little mint/herb. Laser focused long finish. This has class and stuffing to burn. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finsh - 5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5+?/2 = 17.5+? (with 18-18.5/20 potential).
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    2/17/20, 10:28 PM - Hi Seth, I am totally with your note. But aren't 17,5 Pts more 88-90 Pts? I am a bit irritated about your 95 pts. Even if I love Falkenstein, that seems a bit too much :)

White
1998 F.X. Pichler Riesling Unendlich Wachau
F.X. Pichler Riesling Unendlich full vertical (1998-2017) (Restaurant Waldhorn, Kirchheim, Germany): Glass: Gabriel Standard
Opened about 1h before drinking, not decanted. Perfect bottle!
Clear, deep golden color, still very young. Clean, medium+ intense and rather youthful nose. Deep, herbaceous, ripe Amalfi citrus, smoke. Great perfume!
Wow! Amazing wine! Still young. The complexity and flavors of 2015 and 2007, but with a perfectly integrated alcohol. Never hot, never broad or massive! Lots of ripe citrus, some clean botrytis. Great texture, wonderful acidity. Looong! So fresh and joyful! Wonderful experience. This bottle is certainly at its full peak, but will stay there for at least 5+ years. My WOTN! 96-97
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    1/31/20, 11:18 PM - @aquacongas: If you find a pristine bottle, buy one for me too. That bottle took me three years to find ...

White
2008 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Alsace
Legend is as legend does (and 400 years of winemaking certainly doesn’t hurt the cause)! Trimbach considers the Frédéric Emile to be their signature wine, and for good reason; fruit is sourced from the Grand Cru vineyards of Geisberg and Osterberg that overlook the winery, located in the heart of Ribeauvillé. The winegrowing history of Maison Trimbach dates back to 1626 - Pierre Trimbach marks the 12th generation of winemakers in this prestigious Alsatian wine family - so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two. The wine provides a brilliant representation of what classic Alsatian Riesling is all about, exhibiting both laser focus and an underlying softness, captivating and always leaving one wanting more. The nose gives fairly ripe and fuller fruir notes of gala apple, melon, and pineapple while the palate stays lean theough lemon, green apple, and honeydew. Honey and touches of anise make appearances, but the wine combines saline and petrol with prominent acidity to form its powerful backbone. With time, a subtle sense of creaminess manages to break through - the finish carries a pleasant toastiness accentuated by white chocolate and pistacios. Brilliant stuff!! It’s hard not to let the mind wander to the future promise of such a wine (and the curse of not having another few bottles in my cellar!!).
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    12/19/19, 10:40 AM - Hm, if CFE is their „signature“ wine, what is then CSH? Their super uber signature? ...

White
2018 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels Rheinhessen
11/4/2019 - aquacongas wrote:
91 points
not blind
drank over three days. Fascinating Fresh, precise and focussed. Great wine for under 20€
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    11/5/19, 4:36 AM - @JRICK: < 19 EUR ex winery

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    11/7/19, 12:14 AM - Alper, that depends on the country. 24 EUR seems to be a good average store price.

White
2017 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
4/13/2019 - forceberry wrote:
88 points
7,5% alcohol. Tasted blind among 46 other 2017 Riesling Kabinetts in Kabinett Cup 2017.

Quite neutral, limpid pale green color. Sweet, concentrated and expressive nose with rich aromas of lemon marmalade, some honeydew melon, a little bit of tangerine and a floral hint of orange blossom. The wine is light-bodied and quite weightless on the palate yet remarkably intense with concentrated medium-sweet flavors of art green apples, key lime, some tangy salinity and a little bit of apple peel bitterness. Moderately high in acidity - not enough to make the wine feel bracing, but enough to keep the wine very balanced in the face of this much residual sugar. The finish is crisp and lively with lengthy, focused flavors of tangy salinity, some lemony citrus fruit tones, a little bit of orange zest and a hint of apple peel bitterness.

A pure, crisp and harmonious Kabinett with a nice combination residual sugar sweetness and airy, almost weightless mouthfeel. Overall the wine shows good potential for future development, but it comes across as rather linear and one-dimensional at the moment, which makes it impossible for the wine to stand out amongst the crowd. All in all, a lovely and thoroughly textbook Kabinett that is still just way too young. No point in opening these within the next 5 years. Many of the judges liked this wine, but not enough to make the wine appear in the top 10 of a single judge - meaning that this wine didn't get a single point from any of the 12 judges.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    10/28/19, 8:36 AM - What a surprise :) Schaefer's wines will always loose in tastings like this, because they are so calm and never loud. Wait 10 years and do the same tasting again with Schaefer starting at the beginning and you will most probably get a complete different picture :)

Red
2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/21/2019 - Ara Kafafian wrote:
87 points
Slight brick rim, bitter, tart, acidic, menthol, vanilla and black tea notes. I thought I was drinking a $25 CAD old world wine, however when the bottle was unveiled, I thought the $55 CAD retail price wasn’t justified. Drink now.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    10/21/19, 11:18 AM - This one has not even reached its first peak :) It has decades ahead, given proper storage...

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    10/21/19, 1:59 PM - Ok, Ara, so maybe you simply don't like traditional Rioja style. If it is a properly stored bottle, it should have a) at least 10 years of development ahead and b) be a 90-92+ wine.
    BTW: The latest vintage of Tondonia GRAN Reserva is 1995! :)

White
2014 Joern Wein Schlossberg Riesling Rheingau
8/7/2019 - go74 wrote:
83 points
This is neither an orange wine nor an ordinary wine - something between or mix of them. Unfiltered cloudiness and darkish yellow colour triggers only one association - with urine. Luckily the smell reminds me Riesling, but taste is completely different, closer to orange wine, definitely something from archaic era. Well, dear Joern, I have tried 4 of Your wines and I have strongly decided to stop to finance Your further experiments.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    8/8/19, 1:06 AM - Hehe, I smiled, when I read your note. This is really a special wine and certainly not made for the usual Riesling lover. I am not sure, if I like it, but it is definitively unique :)

    BTW: How did you get it in Latvia? It is already hard to get in Germany :)

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    8/8/19, 2:53 AM - Yep, Lobenberg is always top. One of my favorites, too.

Red
2005 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
Vacation wines; 7/29/2019-8/3/2019 (South Tirol): Drunk over two days. Wonderful rich and open classic Bordeaux nose. On the palate some sweet extract, medium+ velvet tannin and medium acidity. Classic left bank flavours at its peak. Silky texture, good balance. Joyful to drink. Medium+ length. Potential for at least another decade. 91-92
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    8/6/19, 7:35 AM - Mark: Makes fun already, so go ahead and let us know :)

Red
2013 Gantenbein Pinot Noir Fläsch
Pinot Noir and some Champagne (Restaurant Brunnenstube, Beinstein): Preliminary note: I am not a Gantenbein Pinot fan.
Clear, deep ruby color. Clean, medium intense, youthful and deep nose with lots of oak, caramel and some animal notes.
Dry, medium+ acidity, high, not yet well integrated tannin. Some cherries, other berries, lots of oak, animal notes, a bit rustic. Way too young. Compared to the other Burgundies I had this night, I can’t understand the high ratings. And even in comparison with the Donatsch and Huber we had, this wine lost. Certainly, a good Pinot, but IMHO heavily overpriced. Will it improve? Certainly, but I doubt it will be great. 89-90+
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    1/27/19, 2:18 AM - @Ericsson: No, but that is not necessary. If you look at the other Pinots we had this night we had a quite decent benchmark. 2013 is still (too) young and it will certainly improve, therefore my 90+. But at least this particular bottle was not event close to beeing great (95+) at this stage. And the PQR is questionable, even compared with the Donatsch Unique.

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    7/31/19, 5:17 AM - @Cailles: In DE more than 100 EURO. And yes, way to young and it has potential, therefore my + sign. But i still don’t get the fuzz about Gantenbein Pinot :). PS : I really like his Chardonnay

White - Off-dry
2004 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
Koehler-Ruprecht: Complete Saumagen vertical of all Spätlese and Auslese R and RR plus X (Neuhof am See, Dillingen, Germany): *** please understand this note in the context of the whole vertical tasting ***
Glass: Gabriel Standard
Tasted blind.
PRÜM! Sulphur, clear pure yellow fruit. On the palate very elegant and balanced, again lots of sulphur. Precise, clean fruit, beautiful length. Medium+, ripe acidity. Give it 20+ years to fully integrate. 92-93++
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/23/19, 8:49 AM - Buy Prüm from the 80ies and 90ies. Still available for good prices. They have soo much sulphur, that they really need this time. But: You can drink it now, if you have no problems with sulphur...

White
2010 Dönnhoff Hermannshöhle Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
Nahe^3: 10 vintages of Halenberg, Hermannshöhle and Felseneck + X (@Private location, Frankfurt): *** brief note from an extensive tasting ***
Glass: Gabriel Gold
Tasted blind. Bottle opened about 2-4h before, double decanted before serving.
Interesting nose: Citrus notes, herbs, crushed stones but also some fresh butter. Ripe and racy acidity. Lots of herbs, ripe fruit and crushed stones. Every changing, lean, precise. Great tension and balance. Almost on par with the Halenberg. Young. Give it 5+ years. 93-94
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/10/19, 5:23 AM - Hi Gilbro, hard to say. All wines can age perfectly, maybe with a tiny advantage for Hermannshöhle. From a stylistics point of view, Halenberg and Hermannshöhle tend to be a bit leaner and more precise, where the Felseneck is a bit more muscular. But this is neather good nor bad to me.

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/10/19, 8:01 AM - Gilrbo: The top notch GGs (and comparable, like Breuer, Köhler Rupprecht etc.) need at least 10 years, some 15 years to fully blossom. The 2004 flight in this tasting proved that again. I know it is hard to wait, but it is definitively worth the wait.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
6/8/2019 - mwneil wrote:
87 points
Unfortunately I waited too long to drink, a very dark color, ok bouquet, tart, did not have that unctuous texture, still it was an interesting 1/2 bottle which may have impacted the aging. Drank with passion fruit strawberry layer cake.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/9/19, 8:33 AM - Flawed bottle or bad storage. 2001 Rieussec should not even be close to its peak...

White
2018 Weingut Keller Grüner Silvaner trocken Rheinhessen
6/4/2019 - FDP wrote:
85 points
This is a very simple wine , not much going on here and pretty uninteresting.
I tried it in both Zalto Universal and Zalto Burgundy , the universal glass does best.
On the nose i find white pepper , lemon....and on the palate i find first comes acidity which fades away and then i get something like water lemon and not much else going on.
For the price i paid i think its way too expensive for what you get.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/4/19, 10:22 PM - Strange: You give this wine 85 points, meaning it is a good wine. And the bottle costs only 8 Eur. So I don‘t understand your note. Either the rating is wrong or the PQR is better than you wrote :)

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/5/19, 12:04 AM - Hi FDP, your note, your style, your choice. But in the interest of all CT users I would strongly recommend to stick to the CT rating scheme and 85 is at the edge of beeing VERY GOOD.
    And regarding the wine: It is an entry level wine into KPKs world of wonderful wines. It is a simple drinking wine, made to be drunk in the first 2 years, probably with fresh asparagus. Therefore for me, the PQR is good. If you really want to know how good Silvancer from KPK can be: Buy a bottle of 2018 Feuervogel, wait a few years and then: Party on :)

White
2015 Weingut Keller Abts E® Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
5/10/2019 - jkoenen wrote:
92 points
Mouton-Lafite Battle (Restaurant Zarzo, Eindhoven - NL): Not as exalted as the others on the table.
Overbearing acidity, tight and nervous.
Probably just way too young for me.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    5/13/19, 2:03 AM - Full Ack! Wait at least 6 more years :)

Red
2008 La Pèira en Damaisèla Les Terrasses du Larzac La Pèira Red Rhone Blend
4/12/2019 - Ron Slye wrote:
69 points
This was a wine that I affirmatively did not like. It was hot and muddled and bitter and lots of other unpleasant things. It was part of our CT "off the beaten path" tasting, and was almost unanimously the lowest score wine of all 11 of us. I am scoring this as a 69 as, at least for me, this is a wine to avoid. I have one more bottle -- so perhaps this is a bottle issue (though it did not seem flawed in that way), or maybe it will magically transform itself into something better. But I am not holding my breath.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    4/12/19, 1:35 PM - Hi Ron, I perfectly understand your situation. But may I suggest: If the wine was flawed, than mark it as such. If you just don't like it, don't rate it "officially", as it spoils the overall rating. This is how I do this.

    This wine is certainly controversial, but regardless of personal preference for sure a very good wine (88+).

White
2018 Weingut Keller Grüner Silvaner trocken Rheinhessen
4/4/2019 - r.o.man wrote:
88 points
Ordinary, not particularly refined. Neither komplex nor compact. Little distorted palate, but good minerality and broad acidity. Simple.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    4/4/19, 8:08 PM - No offense, but your note sounded more like 75-80 instead of a very good 88 :)

Red
2010 Tenuta Greppo (Biondi-Santi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
3/27/2019 - Artbreadman wrote:
89 points
I’m at a loss on this wine. Very little bouquet, thin overall. Not much fruit or layers of different flavors. The predominant taste is acidic. It reminded me of many inexpensive mass produced Pinot Noirs I’ve tasted. Even at $25 a bottle I would be disappointed. So many other alternative excellent Brunello’s available for far less.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    3/28/19, 7:24 AM - Hmm, do you have experience with Biondi-Santi? This one needs at least another decade to fully blossom. I guess this one is completely shut down at the moment... Review the wine back in 2030.

White
2017 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Pfalz
3/26/2019 - tsue Likes this wine:
89 points
Much dryer than expected...I would drink again.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    3/26/19, 1:54 PM - Where have you drunk this bottle?

White
2016 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
Funker ikke helt for meg. (flaskedeil?) For mye freaky aromaer og spontangjær stank. Lukter død. Smaker godt.

Funky bottle (flawed?): Great taste, but the nose has a lot of freaky sponatious yeast aromas. Smells like death, but great in mouth.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    1/29/19, 1:09 PM - That „funk“ is typical for the wines of Tim Fröhlich. Will vanish with bottle age or lots of air :) Give this bottle at least 6+ years.

Red
2007 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Grenache
Noxious. Like Robitussin. Not only in the sense that it literally tastes like Robitussin, but the sensation is *just like* those kids medicines that taste so vile they have to add a ton of sweetness to make it possible to force even a tiny bit down the gullet, which instead of masking the grossness just makes it taste both gross and grossly sweet.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    1/5/19, 12:24 PM - Are you sure that this was a genuine and flawless bottle??? Not perhaps a leftover from Ruby? :) A genuine, perfect bottle of Rayas from a top vintage like 2007 even young is for sure 90+, even if one doesn't like the style. Otherwise it is faulty and should not be rated with 63pts on CT. By the way: Why 63 and not 58 or 71? Just my 2 cents.

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    1/5/19, 12:59 PM - Keith, that is true and just my personal oppinion. But no impeccable bottle of Rayas from this vintage deserves a score of +/- 90pts. Also just my personal opinion :)

White
2010 Immich-Batterieberg Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Mosel Saar Ruwer
12/26/2018 - dbkitc wrote:
94 points
Fairly rich golden color. Nose is loaded with green apple skin, nectarine pit and lime. Wonderful richness and layers of extract on the dry, puckering and juicy palate. Glorious finish. Great dry Riesling that is just perfect right now. (94)
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    1/5/19, 8:12 AM - Hi, that is NOT a dry Riesling :) It has 20 g/l of residual sugar. So it is off-dry.

White
2017 Weingut Keller Kirchspiel Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
11/26/2018 - hprphf wrote:
95 points
So fresh, balanced and precise. White florals, defined limestone, dried herbs, citrus, salinity, mint (shiso actually) and baking spice. Slightly lean yet well-rounded. The acidity will age wonderfully. 95+
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    11/26/18, 8:58 PM - Hmm, sorry, but I don’t get it. You rate the still young but drinkable AbtsE 2010, whch is one of the best ever made with 94. And a wine like this, which is not even close to its peak, completely nervous and unbalanced with 95??? At this point in time? Did you drink the whole bottle or just a sip/glas? I had a whole bottle this weekend and it seems, as we had two completely differn wines...

White - Off-dry
2017 Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
11/4/2018 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Got these, stuck one in the freezer for 20 min and then PnPed. Now open for about 20 minutes. The nose on this is opening and just so damn beautiful: potent, light, racy, very complex. Flavors of honey, herbs, lime, kaffir lime, white flowers, honeysuckle, tangerine, curry? sugar cookies? Definitely some brothy concentration. Delicious on the palate - not the raciest Riesling I've had, and maybe lacking a bit more zing than I'd prefer but there is solid acidity and there is so much else going on that this is still spectacular. Orchard fruits, lime, sugar candy, herbs, honey. Gossamer, crystalline and pure. The finish is lipsmacking and wide with lime, herbs, honey. The Auslese was the best of the amazing 16's and this wine is a worthy successor. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17.5/20.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    11/4/18, 10:29 PM - Sorry, but I can't resist: 17.5/20 = 95 ??? Either it is around 88 Pts or it should be 19/20...
    Btw: I adore this wine and think that 95 / 19/20 would be right :)

White
2014 Dönnhoff Hermannshöhle Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
8/22/2018 - David_K wrote:
88 points
Too little fruit and too much acidity in this rip-off of a wine. There, I said it. I know 2014 isn't the greatest of vintages, but I expected better than this. It tastes like a halfway decent $20 trocken (hence the 88 score). That this retails for $70 is highway robbery. I paid a fair bit less than that, and still feel like I've been had. I don't get it.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    8/22/18, 9:04 PM - Patience! Try again 2024 and you will be blown away!

White - Off-dry
1997 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Mosel Saar Ruwer
5/28/2018 - m_arcon Likes this wine:
97 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Crisscross Part II (Private Location): AP 09 or Cask #09. I´m not very experienced with the older Haag off-dry bottlings but this 1997 Auslese Goldkapsel was nothing more then an amazing wine in every sense of the word. The whole wine is absolutely inherently consistent. Everything is on the right place. Tom said: "Like a very, very beautiful woman without any make-up." And what impressed me most was, although you can feel the ripe components, the wine stays super fresh. The nose is a mix of candied lemon, peach, a bit of strawberry and candied orange peel mixed with cassis, pine needles, tons of green herbs and a hint of mint.
The acidity level and the extract are in perfect harmony on the palate. Very long, slightly creamy (the only indication point for the GK level) and floating down like silk. An incredible showing and one of the best off-dry wines I had all year. And still in a very young stadium. Another two decades when stored properly? No problem at all.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    5/30/18, 10:59 PM - Just for the record: CT has the #9 as dedicated bottle :)

White
1987 Weingut Knoll Grüner Veltliner Kabinett trocken Ried Schütt Wachau
5/28/2018 - m_arcon wrote:
91 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: Crisscross Part II (Private Location): Dirk told us that its from the Ried Kreutles sight but after I had another look at the label I´m not quite sure anymore. The label says Loibner Schütt, so imo its from Schütt. A very interesting wine. Not much fruit left, just a bit of yellow fruit mixed with white pepper (typical for Veltliner) and a hint of camomile. The oak influence is quite recognisable here with some notes of super fine caramel. In the beginning I thought it is an Chardonnay.
Still quite strong acidity, lovely freshness, stayed long. Herbal and some bitter notes on the finish. Very good and a lovely surprise referred to the age. If you have any bottle left, drink up now.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    5/30/18, 10:19 PM - I mixed it up. It was Schütt :)

White
2015 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
4/12/2018 - BrunelloBob wrote:
90 points
Touch of petrol onthe PnP which fades. Lemon/lime. Mineral. Long, but a doubtful QPR.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    4/12/18, 11:16 AM - Fully agree with m_arcon. Try again in about 6 years :)

White - Off-dry
2008 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
2/7/2018 - chatters wrote:
Riesling Riot downunder (Town Hall, Sydney): Peaches, cream, apple crumble, soft, sweet…rich with just about enough acidity to support the sweetness. Similar flavours to the nose. Hmm, perhaps it is tending to a little flabbiness…drink up?
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    2/21/18, 10:24 PM - If the bottle is good and properly stored, this wine has not even closely reached its peak. Müllers Kabinetts needs at least 10-15 years, Spätlesen 20+ years to reach full maturity. Did you gave the wine enough time and air?

White
2012 Martin Müllen Trarbacher Hühnerberg Riesling Spätlese * trocken Mosel Saar Ruwer
11/11/2013 - fhayek Likes this wine:
88 points
We tasted this first at the winery and there it was a shocker (93-94 points region), so I bought a bottle for 25 EUR.
And that was still good but nowhere near the experience in the winery. Maybe we should have given it more air? Or bottle variation? Genius loci? I will never find out.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    1/16/18, 11:13 AM - I guess it was simply too young. Just opened a bottle and it is a stunner. Maybe not 94 but certainly 92++

Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/1/2017 - fcxj wrote:
92 points
Lush. Lovely Napa.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    12/1/17, 4:25 AM - @JRH82: He meant the Napa Village in Pauillac :) :) :)

White
2015 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Großes Gewächs Auction Nahe
11/4/2017 - forceberry wrote:
92 points
13% alcohol.

Rather pale lemony yellow color with faint green highlights. Ripe, rich and pretty concentrated nose with intense aromas of sweet yellow apples, some ripe stone fruits, a little bit of grapey fruit, a perfumed hint of whtie flowers and a reductive touch of something vaguely plastic. The wine is intense, concentrated and pretty dense on the palate with firm, tightly-knit medium body. There are ripe, focused flavors of lemon marmalade, ripe white fruits, stony minerality and vague nuances of spices. Overall the wine feels still very primary and thus, quite linear. Structure-wise the wine is pretty impressive with high - but not racy - acidity. The finish is crisp, quite acid-driven and pretty focused with dry, concentrated flavors of lime and lemony citrus fruits, some tart green apples, a little bit of wet stone minerality, a hint of saline tang and a touch of sweet cantaloupe.

This wine felt like it was quite a powerhouse with impressive focus and sense of concentration, yet it didn't come across as particularly big or weighty. However, in our tasting of 12 Austrian and German Rieslings from 2015, this wine didn't really set itself apart from the crowd and in most people's opinion (mine included) two other wines from Nahe (Diel GG Piitermännchen and Gut Hermannsberg GG Niederhausen) perfomed better than this. Not much, but still somewhat noticeably. of course this is a primary and painfully young wine that will need a lot of time to show its best, but then again, so were the other two aforementioned wines as well. This was a great Riesling by all accounts, but not so much as to really justify its ridiculously expensive price (118€). At that price you can buy several at least equally good - if not better - German top Rieslings. I'll admit this wine was good and most certainly its points will go up as the wine ages, but I really just don't understand the prices people are willing to pay for this. This wine is great, but not THAT great.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    11/16/17, 2:35 AM - Hello Forceberry, regarding the price: You do understand that it is a) the first dry GG made from this vineyard b) production is very limited and that it is c) an auction bottle? :)
    Auction prices have nothing in common with normal retail list prices. It is a fetish thing :)
    And my personal opinion: Let's do that tasting again in 2025 and I am pretty sure, that it will blow the Pittermänchen and the Gut Hermannsberg away ...

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    11/16/17, 3:41 AM - Hello Forceberry, totally agree that price is not necessarily related to quality. I will drink my first bottle of the Brücke in 2025 parallel to the other top line of 2015 GG from Keller, Wittmann, Schönleber & Co. and will report on my impressions then :)

White
2016 von Winning Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Großes Gewächs Pfalz
11/11/2017 - Ben Christiansen wrote:
99 points
Fresh and fun and fruity. And on day two salty and mineral and very fresh.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    11/11/17, 1:32 PM - Hi Ben, no offense, it's your opinion, I am a fan of Von Winning and 2016 is generally quite open already, but 99pts? Fresh and fun and fruity? That could be any 80-85pts. Riesling Kabinett.
    99pts now? Not nearly close to it's peak? And what would you give the at least 10-20 GGs that are far superior (like Dönnhof Hermannshöhle, Keller GGs, E-S Halenberg and the like)? 100+++. Just my 2 cents

White
2009 Weingut Salwey Grauburgunder M Beerenauslese trocken Baden
11/3/2017 - m_arcon wrote:
83 points
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group: From southern Germany to Oregon Pinot (Private Location): The first thing I thought when I saw the description on the label was: How the hell could you’ve make a BA trocken!? Nevertheless I tried this miracle of oenological art but it was completely overpowered by the incredible high alcohol (16 I think, please correct me here if I’m wrong Dirk) which really burns on the palate. Super high extract. Definitely not my cup of tea.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    11/4/17, 7:30 AM - 17% abv unfortunately :(

Red
1998 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
10/24/2017 - teemuskogberg wrote:
flawed
Way past its time no good at all. Very bad bottle
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    10/24/17, 1:04 PM - Hi, must be a very bad bottle. Had the 1998 multiple times in the last years and it is not even starting to reach its peak. Musar needs at least 15-20years to reach its full maturity.

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    10/26/17, 2:24 AM - Don't get me wrong: If you think that the wine was bad it is your oppinion. But if it was flawed, I would suggest to remove the Rating (Points) and mark it as "flawed". Otherwise it would affect the Overall Rating which is obviously not correct and justifies as the bottle was flawed.

White
2014 Wittmann Westhofener Morstein Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
10/9/2017 - rSyver wrote:
89 points
Better on day two, although quite impressive from start. White/yellow fruit almost tending to a more tropical hints. OK balance, would like to see even more spine in the wine - perhaps personal preference, but struggle to see if this is Wittmann as such or just the vintage. The intensity in the wine is sufficient to handle a wide range of dishes.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    10/10/17, 1:33 PM - Way too young. Try your next bottle around 2022+

White
2016 Weingut Keller Hubacker Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
Asperg Wine Syndrome Tasting Group (@home): Glass: Riedel Vinum Riesling
After the rather bad ratings from the Berlin Riesling Cup (BRC) with 87pt avg., I thought it was time to do my own testing and served a bottle double blind to three friends (decanted half an hour before serving). Two of them are Riesling aficionados. Well, I adore Keller, but to be honest: They had even problems identifying this wine as Riesling, never thought about a Großes Gewächs and were quite, hmmm, let’s say “surprised” when I revealed its origin.
Clear, very pale golden color. Clean, medium intense, youthful nose. Aromas of citrus, home made lemonade and Trollinger “Blanc de Noir”. Far in the back some herbs and tobacco. No signs of limestone, not very expressive. Very fine and chiseled.
Dry, but either with some unusual amount of residual sugar or extract that gave it some sweetness. Medium+, ripe acidity. Very elegant, muted, fine white and yellow fruit, very fine grained rock flour, some bitter notes like Grapefruit. Lacks its typical power, volume and tension. Seems very closed on the palate. Hard to rate. Today and on day two somewhere between 86-88 pts. Potential: Very hard to imagine. But: It’s Keller Baby, so there is hope… Next bottle in 5 years.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    10/7/17, 12:32 AM - Blanc de Noir was not mentioned by me at first, but by another one in the group. And it fitted perfectly... I guess my nick says it all what i genarally think about Trollinger :)

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    10/8/17, 5:27 AM - Schnaitmann AR or Aldinger Sine are certainly the top of what you can do with this varietal. But: As much as you can't turn a donkey into a race horse you can't turn Trollinger into a serious Grand Cru. And btw: Trollinger is never intended to be more than a solid, joyful daily drinking wine.

White
2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast
10/4/2017 - dougie wrote:
Nice. Drank at Home with Shirley Erin and Wendi. Great with the duck!
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    10/4/17, 12:09 PM - Nice, great AND flawed? That doesnˋt fit for me :)

White
2009 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
An evening with wine geeks (Private location, Trier): Light, pale golden color. Clean, medium+ intense, developing nose with petrol, mineral notes, herbs.
Lean, great tension, focus and precision. Wonderful mineral notes and fine yellow and white fruit. Very young. Potential: 5+ years. 93+
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    9/21/17, 11:37 PM - @fc1910: It was sooo delicious that it did not survive Long enough in the glass to tell, but I would guess a 1-2h decant would be currently very helpful.

White
2004 Koehler-Ruprecht Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Auslese trocken RR Pfalz
11/26/2014 - Mlermontov wrote:
95 points
the "White Album" - Rieslings that Rocked the Night: amazing. slate, dry smoky herbs, earthy, bitter orange, herbs and citrus in the mid. spicy with notes of green apple and pear.... this is thinking wine - complex and complicated - but soooo worth the effort. WOW. one of the best dry rieslings i have had to date.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    8/2/17, 6:47 AM - Sorry for beeing a nit picker: As there is no 2004 RR, could it be that you had the 2004 R? RR was only produced in 2007 and 2009 to date. The wine is still a stunner :)

Red
2013 Bodegas Mas Alta Priorat La Creu Alta Carignan Blend, Carignan
5/29/2017 - GonzaloManzaneda wrote:
72 points
Capa alta. En nariz se le nota una mineralidad especial y bastante la presencia del syrah, pimientita. En boca es super potente, mucha presencia de madera, excesiva. Muy concentrado y extraído. Taninos bien integrado y mineralidad muy buena, con mucho nervio. Demasiado concentrado y extraído.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    7/30/17, 8:52 AM - Hi Gonzalo, sorry for writing in English as my Spanish is only good for reading :) Comparing your notes with your rating I feel a little bit confused. I can fully understand your notes, but they sound more like 90+ and this would be the score I would give this wine. Are your 72 pts perhaps a mistake? Saludos a Barcelona

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    7/31/17, 3:12 AM - Hi Gonzalo,
    Thanks for your explanation. The wine costs about 90 EUR in Germany as well. I really have to polish my Spanish, because your tasting note sounded much more positive to me than your score :)
    I don't know the 2013 vintage, but several vintages from the 2000s and this wine was never below 90pts and, at least to me, worth the price tag. But: I would also never open a bottle younger than 10 years, better 15 years, if I don't have to, because it needs time and lots of air. 2013 is currently way too young to drink IMHO.
    Cheers,
    Dirk

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/16/2017 - TanPaulLoong wrote:
87 points
Way passed its prime...drink up now
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    7/16/17, 4:11 AM - Must be a bad bottle. IMHO the 2004 904 is not even reaching its prime if a regular bottle and properly stored. CT community must see it likewise when looking at the community drinking window...

Red
2010 E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto Hermitage Syrah
6/14/2017 - sc03852 wrote:
Deep purple with hint of ruby. Ripe red fruits, moist earth, sweet spice on palate, blackberries, tannins in tact but starting to soften

Juicy spice.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/14/17, 4:22 AM - Hi SCO3852, could you please explain your rating for me? I can't match your 80pts with your tasting notes. Especially under the circumstances that this wine is usually always a 93+ wine... Thank you.

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/14/17, 8:04 AM - Thank's for your reply. As your rating "ruins" the avearage CT score of this nearly perfect wine, may I suggest a different approach that I use in such a scenario? I rate this wine as NR ( not rated) and write the points into the tasting note. So I have my personal score, but don't affect the overall score for the wine.

  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/14/17, 11:10 PM - Great! Thank you. I wish that more CT users act like that. That would make the CT ratings even better and more valid for all of us. Keep on tasting :)

White
2007 Koehler-Ruprecht Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Spätlese Trocken RR Pfalz
6/13/2017 - guitarkim wrote:
flawed
Hard to pinpoint what's gone wrong with this bottle, but it's definitely an off bottle. Hardly any nose at all, moderate to low acidity and slightly bitter. Hope my last bottle is better...
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    6/14/17, 1:15 AM - Bad luck. Had the same issue a few weeks ago. Bought straight after release and stored properly, so no storage issue...

White
2011 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune Alsace
5/25/2017 - GonzaloManzaneda Likes this wine:
85 points
Suelos muy especiales con tierra caliza y fósiles en ellos. 8.000 botellas al año como máximo. Muy mineral, ancho, con un post gusto muy extraño como terroso, sal de mar? Añada muy caliente, se encuentra más añada que terrua en este vino. Tiene un post gusto más amargo que el CSH del 2008. Parece que cosecharan pronto? Tiene algo de verdor? No me parece que valga los 200€ botella.
  • NoTrollingerPlease commented:

    5/25/17, 3:56 PM - Sorry for answering in english: If it is wort the price tag i can't tell, but it is way too young and pribably completely locked down. CSH needs between 10-15 years or even more to bevome fully mature and show its beauty.

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