N/V Mayr-Nusserhof, Blaterle:
Very charming; kind of light and floral with some soap accents and a pleasant finish. Nothing to go crazy over but delightful for starters.
2006 Overnoy, Arbois-Pupillin:
Terrific poulsard with a translucent appearance, light-weight but intense delivery, lots of complexity and 13% alcohol. Maybe the ripest one I’ve had from this producer (which still puts it a step behind Puffeney’s). Really good.
2000 Boxler, Riesling Brand:
The real deal. Powerful aromatics and flavors; depth, complexity and class with a very long, full flavored finish. Captivating wine and the one I made sure that I kept a glass of for later.
2002 Nigl, Grüner Veltliner Piri:
Nice veltliner but after the preceding wine, a shadow. Maybe on another day this would impress . . . others were happier with it.
2005 Clos de la Roilette, Fleurie:
Within a whisker of the ’05 Vissoux, Poncie which I have written up maybe 20 times since release; my favorite wine that presently resides in my cellar. This is only short by a degree of concentration; otherwise, this is fabulous Fleurie, gorgeous gamay and wonderful wine. What a vintage in Fleurie!
2000 Raveneau, Chablis Butteaux:
Big and fairly closed – we closured it and put it in the fridge for another time.
1996 Allemand, Cornas Reynard:
All the Cornas markers, good integration and balance and then, it drops off a cliff. Nothing there at all from mid-palate on. Sort of watery and, well weird.