[*]1999 Dr. H Thanisch Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Middle Mosel (3/25/2006)
Light yellow. A light, classic Riesling with the typical M-S-R savoury, mineral grapefruitiness and the pungent olive stone character that I find is a precursor to budding petrolliness. The palate is faintly sweet, light, pleasantly acidic without being tart, long and very very fresh indeed. Quite a lovely little wine.
- 1988 Château Palmer - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (3/25/2006)
Still dark, very little bricking. The nose is as classic Bordeaux as possible, though more Pauillacian than Margaux IMO. At first the Merlot character of dark fruit, even plums, is to the fore, but with a little time the nose is of pure cassis and wet rock, cedar and lead. The palate is perfectly balanced: the fruit is ripe and sweet but not over-ripe, leafy and pleasantly green but not under-ripe, still a bit tannic and with the loveliest acidity on the immensely long aftertaste. The wine is so very fresh. Absolutely lovely. Will keep, showing just a little mature character. (The more I taste 1988s, the more I realise that this vintage is just to my taste in Bordeaux: savoury, fresh, acidic, fruity yet lacking the pruney/raisiny notes of so many 89s and 90s, tannic but with sufficent fruit to withstand it.)
- 2001 Winzergenossenschaft Königschaffhausen Königschaffhauser Vulkanfelsen Scheurebe Auslese - Germany, Baden (3/25/2006)
Orange. A nose of ripe passion fruit, a touch of botrytis, some wet rock - seemingly very interesting and pleasant, but the second glass just became a bit dull. The palate is very sweet and though there is fine acidity and freshness, the RS is just too dominant and it is therefore somewhat lacking in raciness. A very fine wine anyhow, but perhaps more a tasting wine than a dinner wine, despite being unspoofulated.
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