Andrew Bair wrote:Marty's received a few bottles of this nicely aged Pinot Blanc/Weißburgunder in the spring, and I made sure to grab one. You don't see a lot of 19 year old white Pinots around, aside from some late harvested and botrytised examples of Pinot Gris from Alsace, and perhaps a few from the Pfalz. Plus, most of us think of Riesling and GV we we think about Kamptal. As David mentioned earlier in this thread, Hiedler has made some great Weißburgunder in this region of Austria.
1994 Hiedler Langenloiser Schenkenbichl Weißburgunder
Opened about 45 minutes before pouring. Nose of lemon drop, herbs, turmeric, and minerals. Full-bodied, bone dry, round, nicely balanced, with lemon tea, pineapple, yellow grapefruit, pear, and quinine notes; vaguely grassy. Excellent. This was a library selection offered by Terry Theise.
Oliver McCrum wrote:Bill,
Thanks for the detailed notes. I would love to find some of those Pfalz examples, both still and sparkling, I have no idea if they're brought into the US.
Now maybe we should talk about the other neglected Alsatian variety that does so well in Germany, Silvaner...
David M. Bueker wrote:2000 Trimbach Pinot Gris Réserve Personnelle - France, Alsace, Alsace AOC (7/26/2013)
Drink up, as this is deliciously mature now. Still some pretty yellow/orange fruits, also some spice notes. It's fairly rich on the palate, but not heavy. Perhaps there's a trace of alcohol on the finish, but the wine is a bit warm. The persistence is lovely - carrying from one sip to another. It's long enough for me to write an entire tasting note. Really though - now is a very good time to drink this.
David M. Bueker wrote:I would not consider the 2000 version to be compltely dry. Close, but no cigar.
Rahsaan wrote:Tonight's 2011 Holger Koch Grauburgunder Bickensohler Herrenstuck was a very pleasant wine of moderate proportions. Just a touch of the ripe peachy fruit flavors but mostly a well structured wine with definition and mineral acid tingle. It doesn't scream out anything but would have been a lovely accompaniment to many dishes, although we opened it after dinner.
Bob Parsons Alberta wrote:I have visited the area a couple of times as my stepfather was from Haslach, just down the road so to speak.
TN: 2010 Weingut Bercher Jechtinger Eichert Grauburgunder Kabinett Trocken, Baden Germany.
Light yellow, no pink tones here. Lots of action on the nose with pear, herbs, apple on day 2. Can I also mention the dreaded word "mineral"?.
Dryish entry on the palate, fresh, good grip and structure. Apple, very nice citrusy kick, "immediately drinkable" from across the table. Held up well overnight with some more mineral tones. Went well with veal scallopini and asparagus.
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