Sunday, 8 July 2012
A Barolo Boys Debauchery - Part I
An earlier invitation from M about a Barolo Boy evening - on a ordinary weekday - why not some wine and food? Of course! We gathered at M at 17.00 hours.
7 hours and 23 wines later a cab takes me home. I was in top shape when I had a meeting at 9.00 the next day...
The notes below is just the white wines... Part II will be the reds.
All wines tasted double blind exept the first one.
2006 Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett, Dönnhoff
A fine, elegant, precise nose with notes of elder berry, white flowers, lime peel, tiger prawns and a touch of rubber. Very fine and interesting.
The taste is young, fresh and fairly complex with notes of seafood shells, lemon, grass and juniper berries. Cool and nice. The taste is a bit tighter than the nose leads on. Still young. Very good.
88p (tasted 2012/07)
1985 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinett, Ziliken
1989 Piesporter Goldtröpchen Riesling Kabinett, Reinhold Haart
A deep, mature, fine nose with notes of dried pine apple, wet stones, earth, some rubber and moist earth. Some dry licorice after a while. Fully mature.
The taste is round, semi dry and nice with notes of dry lemoncello, dried apricots, yellow apples and some rubber notes. Fresh for a 23 year old Kabinett.
85p (tasted 2012/07)
1992 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Dr. Loosen
A deep, creamy, fine nose with notes of semi sweet summer flowers, caster sugar, dry licorice and some petrol notes. A lot of minerals. Very, very good. Fine semi sweet yellow fruit.
The taste is almost fully mature with lots of sweet yellow fruit, dried herbs, minerals and a touch of rubber. A long, fresh finish with a fine sweetness. Has a really fine structure.
90p (tasted 2012/07)
2002 Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese, Dönnhoff
A pure, gracious, lovely nose with notes of sugared peaches, candied lemon peels, moist earth, fresh spices, licorice and a touch of detergent (in a positive way). Very deep. Lots of stuffing in this one.
The taste is tighter and more elegant than the nose with notes of grey pears, white peaches, green tea and green apples. A very long, intense finish. Ends semi dry. Very balanced. A gorgeous wine!
93p (tasted 2012/07)
2011 Abts e Riesling Spätlese, Keller
This wine comes from Abtserde. A very young, fresh, intense nose with notes of pear ice cream, elder berry, grass, white peach and summer flowers. Very young and lively. From time to time it reminds me of a Moscato.
The taste is young, fresh and light on its feet, with notes of elder berry, grass, pears and dusting sugar. Fresh acidity. Needs to come together, a little sprawling right now. But there is lots of quality here.
87p (tasted 2012/07)
2004 Buisson Renard Blanc Fumé de Poilly, Didier Dagenau
A high, peppy, deep nose with notes of white currants, orange peel, warm gravel, grass, nettles and dry licorice. Very fresh and fine. Lots of character. Deep.
The taste is focused and fine with notes of white currants, pears, grass and elder berry. A fine, slender finish. A touch of sulphur. Still young. Very, very good.
90p (tasted 2012/07)
2007 Weissburgunder -S-, Dönnhoff
A deep, tight, somewhat mature nose with notes of red currants, blood oranges, dry honey and a touch of coconut. A fine sweetness to the fruit. Warm. Very good.
The taste is tighter than the nose with notes of pears, red currants, earth and a fine note of glue. A oily, long finish. The acidity is fine. An almost red wine feeling in this one.
88p (tasted 2012/07)
2009 Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block Chardonnay, Varner
A big, powerful, deep and concentrated nose with gorgeous notes of oranges, summer flowers, nuts, cap gun smoke, cold butter and a touch of oak. Very deep and fine. The fruit is just great, and the oak coating is perfect balanced. Beautiful.
The taste is about purity, charm and breed with notes of red currants, oranges, star fruit, smoke and lots of sweet minerals. The finish goes on for over a minute. Lots of depth and finesse. Great wine!
94p (tasted 2012/07)
2006 Winningen Uhlen R, Heymann-Löwenstein
A deep, elegant, fine nose with notes of apricots, pears, lime peel, wet rocks and white currants. A touch of dry resin with air. Very fine. Still very young. Elegant and steely.
The taste is tight, focused and pure with notes of white currants, not yet ripe pears, lemon peel and minerals. Not as elegant as on the nose. A long, fine, dry finish. Still needs some years in the cellar. Very, very good.
91p (tasted 2012/07)