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torsdag 17 april 2014

Sushi & Riesling


Sorry for having to interrupt the heated discussion on German Riesling ;-) but I thought I'd add a few notes on Rieslings opened just recently. I apologise for not sticking to the theme of the heading, vintages 2012 and 2013, but as I mentionen, transfering all these notes from paper into an electronic version requires some infusion of energy and what could be better then opening som older rieslings to was down som of this.

Yummy stuff! Oh, I really miss Restaurant Iso on 2nd Ave between 10th and 11th St in New York! Any recommendations for first class yet affordable sushi on Manhattan are warmly welcome to share them!

So on to the three Riesling wines that I opened at the same time for "comparative, empirical studies", as it were....

2005 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett
The most developed of the trio, with already slightly creamy texture as the sweetness have started to integrate with the acidity. On it's way to a place somewhere in the middle between completely dry and a Kabinett. Feels very mellow and aristocratic; doesn't shout but just gracefully displays its stuff: herbs, crushed stones, apple pie and some refreshing bitterness towards the finish. Very pure and elegant. And delicious. 88 points.

2007 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett
The freshest feeling of the trio, not only because it's younger but it really has this greater tension and an uplift direction compared to the Kabinett above. On the palate you don't just have the usual suspect of grapefruit but also fresh melon, nutmeg and dried honey. Feels very polished and as the Domprobst quite soft and mellow, which prevents it to reach the higher ratings in my book (I would need more oscillating nerve and tension in the wine for that). Nevertheless, the ticklish mineral finish and overall balance makes this a delicious wine to enjoy with any type of seafood. 89 points.

2005 Dönnhoff Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Spätlese
Again a very agreeable specimen of a wine! Starting to slowly mature into something that is just in the beginning of being called "creamy". Elegant and spicy it too doesn't really shout out its existens but rather softly whispers out flavours of peach, orange-peel, ad...ginger. Beautiful stone character supporting the spices and the mellow fruits and overall something that could best be described as a mixture of the two wines above and it would would also receive a smiliar score had it not been the shift into an extra gear on the finish where this Spätlese becomes more vibrating and above all, offers a long, long, absolutely beautiful, vigourous finish. Yummy! 92 points.

Has anyone tasted these Rieslings recently?

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