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2016 Juliane Eller Weissburgunder Juwel grabs you by the neck, slaps you in the face and leaves you in shock with your mouth agape after the first sip. This might be one of the most laser focused and delineated whites I have had in a long time. Razor sharp acidity and vivid minerality are the stars and sweet white peach fruit is the support cast. For anyone thinking Germany is a one trick Riesling pony…they should try this and it will change their preconceived notions. Buy all you can because it is priced very fairly (still). Seriously. @juwel_weine created magic in a bottle with this.
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2015 Freie Weingärtner Wachau / Domäne Wachau Riesling Federspiel Terrassen is a solid wine for the money. It was $15 at Costco here in Austin and shows a pale color and has lemon, juicy nectarine, chalky mineral and faint hints of juniperberry on the palate. Terrific stuff from start to finish. The finish itself is bone dry and mighty persistent…just how I like it.
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2004 Wittmann Westhofener Riesling Trocken ‘S’ is the kind of wine that reminds you why you collect and cellar wine in the first place. At age 13 it came out of the bottle in a gold color that looked like it was a vin jaune. But soon after it starts a total transformation. The color begins to look a little less yellow and the nose doesn’t quite feature as much diesel, and it develops into something that is almost like a white burgundy. It shows honey, pear, apple and hazelnuts and has a smooth but laser focused acidity that plays in the background. Mind bending stuff.
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2015 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Monopole Blanco is one of those wines that was en extremely lucky purchase. At $10 a bottle here at Costco in ATX, this rocks lemon, honey, custard and grass on the palate and is a fun summer wine. Did I mention this was $10? Silly value and great quaff for hot summer nights. A 100% Viura blend which makes it cool to this wine geek.
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2015 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina during dinner prep tonight and it is singing. Very light and pale color, super grassy and mineral-driven and of course, slightly spritzy which makes it extremely appropriate to drink on a hot Texas summer night. I can never have enough of this at the house. $20 at Central Market here in Austin, but usually not many bottles available.
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2009 Tenuta Grillo Piemonte Cortese Baccabianca. If this doesn’t move you, nothing will. I followed this for three days and it comes out of the bottle with a cloudy tangerine gold color bordering on brown. I expected it to be totally oxidized or madeirized but it wasn’t. It is chock-full of hazelnut and tea-like flavors and while it is dry and in a slightly oxidative style, it manages to have plenty of juicy fruit. Great wine that was even better with food than on its own. 100% Cortese and one worth buying more of.
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2015 Maison Dampt Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons. So disappointing. @grapeylyle sells the Domaine wines for Sebastien, but this is the negociant bottling. Unfortunately, despite my excitement to find this at the local Costco for only $19, the wine is hollow on the mid-palate, short on the finish, watery and uninspiring. This will be what I cook with…
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2013 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay The Meadows Vineyard. Sorry for the lengthy absence. I was out of town and with family, so I tried to lay off the phone…tonight we started with this and it is quite nice. Lemon curd and hazelnuts are the dominant aromas and flavors. A serious amount of acidity in there, but the fruit is still pretty lush on the midpalate. I have always been a big fan of Stephen’s wines. The wife simply said “Yum”.
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2004 Keller Riesling Trocken -S- and 2006 Château Pavie Macquin with dinner on Saturday night. Both of these wines were awesome. The Keller is drinking at absolute peak IMO and the PM is drinking well with a lengthy decant but it has a decade or two left in the tank. The Keller was all charm and finesse and the PM was all brawn and pure enjoyment with cherry, blueberry, coffee and tobacco. Went great with the Rib Roast I made.
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2013 Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier Höhen-Sülzen Riesling. What a stellar wine this is. Like most Battenfeld Rieslings, this is no wallflower. Big, bold Riesling that bursts with honey, juicy peaches and tart apple. Has some structure to age and acidity for days. At $25 per bottle, this is as good a QPR on a white wine as I could possibly expect. Drank this with seafood and shellfish dinner and it went beautifully with the food. Battenfeld is quickly becoming one of my favorite producers in the @fassselections portfolio.
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2013 Karlheinz Schneider Riesling Schlossböckelheim Vulkanstein. When life gives you lemons, you drink this. Lemon, grapefruit, green apple, fresh spring water and a touch of salinity. This is so focused it is like a laser beam. The acid…speechless. This wine is grown and made right around where I used to spend my weekends as a kid and some of my favorite vineyards like Kupferberg and Herrmannshoehle are literally right around the bend of the Nahe. I could say this is a poor man’s Doennhoff, but that would not give this its proper due. Lovely.
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2013 Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier Mölsheim Riesling trocken. I nursed this for several days. I began to drink this on Saturday while I watched meine Mannschaft put on a thriller against Italy and I then followed the wine for a couple of days. The bottom line is that this is outstanding. But it is not without some quirks. First of all, this is a white that needs air. Lots of air. When popped and poured, it is tightly wound and too structured, which is not ideal if you want to drink it with some mildly flavored foods. So planning ahead is critical. But it does reward patience with pretty and laser focused peach and apple and a lovely lip smacking finish. This is a dry white that can and will age well.
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