- 2001 Weingut Karlsmühle Kaseler Nies'chen Riesling Kabinett - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Ruwer (10/15/2006)
Impeccably balanced. Given the vintage I'd be surprised if the must weight wasn't spatlese level, but it is off dry and ideal for the dinner table. Apple and some citrus fruit notes, just a whisper of honey, and more minerality than earthiness. There are bigger names, but does anybody make better wine in the Ruwer these days?
- 2005 Domaine de la Louvetrie (Pierre Landron & Fils) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Amphibolite Nature - France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine (10/15/2006)
Lots of earth and minerals, components I generally value highly, and plenty of acidity, but somehow I found the package to be more of a chore than a pleasure. Perhaps a better food match would have helped, and likely age as well. I won't be buying this at the expense of Briords.
- 2000 Trimbach Gewürztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre - France, Alsace, Alsace AOC (10/8/2006)
Off-dry, lots of richness, but not the expected lychee and roses. Some bitterness at the finish. Botrytized grapes? Certrainly good with a cheese selection, but not up to my expectations.