- 2005 Vereinigte Hospitien Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Saar (8/28/2006)
Lots of ripe fruit, towards the peachy side of things. Decent acid. Certainly a good wine and a pleasant drink. and will probably be a more than good wine when it loses some fat, but seemed more like a Rheinhessen than a Scharzhofberger.
- 1984 Château Les Ormes de Pez - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe (8/27/2006)
A 22 year-old Cru Borgueois from a poor vintage? In half-bottle yet. I've had this around for years as part of a long-abandoned vertical. Tonight, a solitary dinner with duck was somehow the night for either me or the sink to drink it. Nobody else need be exposed to either the taste or to my folly in cellaring it. Another, different, half bottle stood ready on the counter, almost sure to be needed.
But...as so often happens for better or for worse...the answer can only come from the bottle. Quite light in color as befits the age, with orange at the rim. The nose has fruit!--currants that have been around, and some spicy sweetness. In the mouth there is also good fruit, not primary to be sure but some cassis, a little cedar, and plenty of acid to keep the wine fresh even though the fruit is in pleasant decay. It has the sweetness in the mouth of an older dry red wine The tannins have certainly resolved. There is a mild but not unpleasant metallic note to the finish, which is of decent length. Perhaps it would have been even better 5 years ago. Or not.
Quite a nice experience.