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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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2014 Sven Klundt Weissburgunder Wacholderberg. This is an epiphany kind of wine. Fruit, texture, focus and depth for days. Peach, melon and slatey spring water. Finish lasts seemingly forever. Sven Klundt is a genius and one of my very favorite white wine makers in the @grapeylyle portfolio. So fun to drink.
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2013 Domaine Florent Garaudet Meursault with shellfish and fish dinner tonight. Pale yellow color and packed with intense lemon, white flowers, raw hazelnuts and steely focus. Drinks better at room temperature than when cold as it feels austere when it comes out of the fridge. Lovely wine, great value, Florent Garaudet stands out to me as one of those winemakers who I want to buy from every vintage and across his portfolio. What a great winemaker in Fass Selections portfolio.
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2014 Xarmant Arabako Txakolina. I admit it…I am obsessed with Txakolina. It is one of the greatest white wine values in the world and I just love these wines no matter the price. This one was slightly spritzy, super fresh, zingy and citrus flavors and a silky fine texture that makes this the perfect wine for a hot day in Texas or anywhere else.
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2012 Wagner-Stempel Riesling trocken as the pre-game Superbowl wine. I know this is not the most expensive trocken Riesling nor the fanciest one I have in the cellar, but it is the dry Riesling that always blows me away with its white peach fruit, fresh cut flowers and a touch of petrol on the nose. Just crazy good.
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2013 Enderle & Moll Müller-Thurgau Muschelkalk. One of the most unique and interesting wines in a long time. Despite being a cross between Riesling and Rivaner, the wine tastes nothing like either. It actually reminds me more of a Chablis than a German white. It has a lemon custard texture and crushed rock character. Really lovely stuff that pairs well with a wide range of foods.
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2013 Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier Eisbach Riesling. Sick wine especially for the price of admission. Lemon zest, honey and laser focused minerality. Maybe even a touch of salinity. As one would expect, plenty of acid in this and some real structure as well. At $20 this is a stupid good bottle of wine. Maybe the best value Riesling @grapeylyle has sold along with the Wagner Stempel a couple of years back.
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