Well said. This weekend I corked three Czech bottles. All non-kosher by definition. Here are my notes, pardon my engrish:Chateau Valtice, Ryzlink Vlassky, Vyber z cibeb 2009
- the grape variety is actually Italian Riesling. "Vyber z cibeb" means selection of dry raisins or grapes affected by noble rot. The color is intense gold. Aroma was packed with field flowers, fresh honey with wet, mold cellar at the background. On the palate, it feels very concentrated and sweet, but the sweetness is well balanced by acidity. There is a slight bitterness that can be barely noticed. Very good wine, but not to my liking. Somewhat reminding me Tokaji with its mold cellar notes. 89pts. While honey probably originates from the noble rot, I was curious where the mold cellar notes come from and according to wiki, this kind of wines often develop for 1-2 years in oak (probably old oak), so this explains everything. So different from any Israeli wine that I know.Znovin Znojmo, Sauvignon Blanc, Vyber z bobuli 2009
- this one is a selection of berries. Bright golden in color. Aroma somewhat different from the classic SB, overripe sweet pear, minerality, grapefruit. The palate is moderately sweet with pear, grapefruit, spices and a note of alcoholic bitterness. On one hand sugar levels are insufficient to take over the wine, on other hand the residual sugar feels misplaced here. Anyway 85pts.Cech, Vino z Tvrdonic, Sauvignon Blanc, Icewine 2010
- golden in color, with a strong aroma of luscious ripe mango, lichi, apricot jam and tropical fruits. On the palate, it feels very sweet, but thanks to the balancing acidity, it is also refreshing. The long aftertaste holds you until you pour another glass.
93-94pts. Amazing wine.
To all those who is "Still Standing" to keep this forum going, Shana Tova and wish it be as sweet as this icewine