Otto Nieminen wrote:Schloss Gobelsburg St. Laurent Haidegrund 2004
I feel sad saying this since I have liked everything from Gobelsburg that has come my way before, but I actively disliked this bottle. This smelled strongly of the powder one makes hot chocolate of, i.e. toasted oak. This scent clashed with the high toned, sweet dark fruit. Nice acidity on the palate, an attractively fleshy yet elegant fruit with bright acidity and soft but noticable tannins - but sadly the oak quickly kicks in and smothers all that attractiveness. What a shame. But gladly we have a few nice whites from Gobelsburg available. My guests enjoyed it more than I did, but I was thirsty and knew they would be also, so a couple more reds were opened:
Bill Hooper wrote:I haven't tasted Gobelsburgs Sankt Laurent, but I think I know what you mean. There are many producers in Austria who I think kind of miss the point of this grape and try to dress it up as something it's not. Done well, SL can possess such beautiful perfume, subtleties of flavor and detail that in IMO, it should be treated like Pinot Noir (It does indeed remind me of a more sinister version of Pinot Noir.) Done poorly (and there seem to be lots of ways to screw it up) and slutting it up with too much oak turns her into a witch. Thankfully, the best producers in Burgenland are knocking out wonderful versions -some of the best Sankt Laurent on the planet! I guess I too am a bit surprised by Gobelsburgs handling of this wine. It seems out of character for them to make anything less than great!
Dale Williams wrote:thanks for notes. I like the Moreau lineup.
I have some '01 Muga I'm hoping the oak will integrate, not especially confident
Otto Nieminen wrote:who makes good and "honest" St Laurent? I liked Heinrich's '06 and Umathum's Frauenkirchner Vom Stein '01 - but who else? (And how do you like Heinrich and Umathum?)