Sunday, July 17, 2011
I started tasting in the mornings, and am concentrating on white wines that might appear on my test. First up, tasting notes from three Rieslings. I tasted these all blind, and am proud to that say determining which was from where was easy.
Wine #1 -- Kuentz Bas Riesling - Alsace - 2008
The wine is clear, with medium-minus lemon color. The wine is clean and has medium intensity. It's aromas are developing, and include petrol, minerals, lemon, peach, and ripe apple. On the palate, it is dry and has high acid. The tannins are low, I detect medium alcohol, medium body, and medium length. Medium-high flavor intensity reveals lemon, minerals, petrol, and peach. This wine is very good, and has an excellent acid profile. The wine will continue to improve and show more fruits and mineral qualities.
Wine #2 -- Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese - Mosel - 2009
The wine is clear, with medium-minus lemon color. Some petillance is noted directly after pouring. The nose is clean, with medium-plus intensity. Developing aromas include peach, mineral, orange blossom, ripe apples and lemons. On the palate, the wine is medium-dry, with low tannins and medium-minus alcohol. The acid is medium-plus, and its pronounced flavor intensity includes honeysuckle, peach, red cherries, pineapple, and minerals. It supports these flavors with medium-plus body and medium-plus length. The wine is outstanding, with lots of developing flavors in terrific balance. It is ready to drink, but will improve.
Wine #3 -- Chateau Ste.-Michelle Eroica Riesling - Washington State - 2008
The wine is clear, with pale lemon color that fades to a watery rim. The nose is clean, and reveals developing aromas of petrol, mineral, lemon, peach, and stone in a frame of medium-plus intensity. The palate is dry and has medium acid and medium-minus tannin. The alcohol level is medium, the body is medium, and the flavor intensity is medium-plus. Flavors include ripe apple, lemon, peach, stone and mineral. It is a very good wine with very ripe fruits. It is ready now, but will continue to develop.