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Sunday, September 15, 2019

2004 Galardi Terra di Lavoro (Roccamonfina)

This was opened late and decanted to aerate. It followed a beautifully elegant 2006 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva.

Very slow to open up.... started to reveal its character after 90 minutes or so. A larger scaled wine built for the long haul. (Mostly Aglianico with some Piedirosso).

Black fruit in balance with tannins that have mellowed, and a nice underlying minerality. Tar and subtle truffle slowly emerge. It's just not showing much complexity at this stage.

First foray with this wine. I believe the vineyards are situated north of Naples on volcanic terroir, located not too far inland from the coast. This cuvee was first produced in 1994.

Hold for another 5 to 10 years.

Zone and Production:  Vulcano Roccamonfina,  10 ha of Vineyards, West and North-West exposed,  planted with 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedirosso
Altitude and System:   400 - 450 msl  /  all Cordone speronato  /  4.500 Plants/ha
Age of the Plants in 2004:  14 Years 25% / 10 Yeras 25% / 8 Years 50%
Harvest:  from Beginning to the End of October 2004
Vinification:  after crushing, Skin Contact for about 20 Days with the Must with dayly Pumpover, malico in stainless Seel, after for 10-12 Month in Barrique from Allier and Nevers.
Alc.  13° vol
Acidity:  5,10 gr./L 
PH.  3,72
Dry Extract:  33,40 gr./L  
Production:  about  20.000 x 0,75L / 611 x 1,50L / 209 x 3,00L


Monday, September 2, 2019

2013 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Schmitt (AP#13)

Enjoyed the 2nd half of this bottle this evening after being stored under vacuvin for a week or so.

The picture is clearer now with delicious apple flavors on the palate complemented by delicate, savory herbal elements and a pleasing botrytis-influenced finish. 

Paired *spectacularly* well with guajillo chile pork tamales. 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

2004 Pisoni Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard

Finally coming into its own. This wine was a monolithic beast for the first decade or so of its life. 

Showing admirable balance now. The greatness of the Pisoni vineyard is evident with savory red and blue fruit, sandalwood aroma, and a nice bit of complexity on the finish.

2016 Cantina Terlano Pinot Bianco Vorberg Riserva

First taste of the 2016 vintage Vorberg.  I usually buy this wine in every vintage. 

Alto Adige at its finest..... the 2016 is creamy in texture, perhaps lacking the classic structure of the 2015 ...

Seems more like the 2014...  

....softer around the edges and quite approachable young... delicious...

....although the 2016 became somewhat reticent about an hour after opening

Will be interested in Ian's perspective. 

Rudi Kofler is a genius in letting the terroir speak clearly through this special varietal..


Day 2 shows enhanced fullness and depth of character. A relatively big wine for this cuvee, but now we see mineral underpinnings coming to the fore on the finish.

To me, this rendition of Pinot Bianco has shares some characteristics of an excellent chenin blanc (textural mouthfeel and slight hints of sweetness that are offset beautifully by the minerally bitterness on the finish).

The wine's viscosity signals a long life ahead.

Paired wonderfully with goat cheese infused with spices and bits of exotic peppers, and sides of fresh grapes and caramelized pecans. The bittersweet finish on the caramelized pecans was an unexpectedly delicious complement to the Vorberg magic.

Monday, August 26, 2019



2014 Rafael Palacios As Sortes
2015 Domaine de la Pepiere Clisson
2015 Kanzler Rose of Pinot Noir
2017 Jacob Toft Diana's Chardonnay

First Flight - Steve Russo

1) 2008 Bryce Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
2) 2007 Bergstrom Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
3) 2009 Kanzler Reserve Pinot Noir (tied favorite)
4) 2003 Domaine Louis Remy Latricieres-Chambertin
5) 2004 Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir (tied favorite)
6) 2009 Charles Noellat Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru 

Second Flight - Steve Adams

1) 2010 Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella
2) 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Pora (favorite) 
3) 2013 Cantina Terlano Lagrein Riserva Porphyr (2nd favorite)
4) 2009 Domaine du Pegau CDP
5) 2008 La Peira en Damaisela Matissat
6) 2012 Kind Cellars Syrah Lampyridae

Friday, August 9, 2019

2017 Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett Alte Reben (AP #8)

Yes, this wine is technically too young to drink, but the wines from Erich and Johannes Weber are so impeccably balanced that they are hard to resist.

Weightless deliciousness from old vines sums it up nicely. Slow to open up, but gains momentum with stony grapefruit accented by herbal notes and subtle mint. Somewhat tropical nose gradually unfurls. Lithe, elegant sweetness, almost bordering on halbtrocken. A truly fascinating wine.

Am very glad we have some left over for day two....

Day 2 found a dusty, delicious feinherb character more apparent,  with a tangerine component blossoming on the lengthening finish. Savory salinity completes the picture. 

Disclaimer: I'm in the final stages of recovering from a nasty cold, so my tastebuds are still somewhat off...

Friday, July 5, 2019

2011 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero

The future is peeking out with an inner sweetness and lovely nose that bodes well. Red fruit with hints of goudron, tobacco and eucalyptus, all wrapped up in a savory, gracefully balanced and irresistible package. A complex, contemplative Barolo for Burgundy aficionados. Peaking in another 5 to 7 years.

Paired with grilled veal chops, tomato-cucumber salad with 10 year balsamic, and garlic-proscuitto mashed potatoes.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

2015 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Sp├Ątlese A.P. #7

7.5% abv

Few wines can be perceived as complete and stand on their own, with or without food. Great Mosel Riesling is one of those wines.

Enjoyed over the course of the evening. Wish we had some left over for day two.

Tropical nose reveals itself gradually. Superbly  balanced mango-pineapple palate exhibiting edginess in its youth. Overall, a joy to drink with quite a bit of complexity. 

Really took off after a few hours. Letting it warm up in the glass a tad revealed that wonderful hint of feinherb that I associate with this cuvee. Nice saline minerality on the finish.

A contemplative wine that exudes power without weight, and rivets attention. 

Oliver Haag excels in his interpretation of this very steep south-facing vineyard from the heart of the Brauneberg.

Highly recommended. 

Interview with Oliver Haag: