Recent notes on wines had with dinner.
Riesling vom Stein Federspiel 1993, Nikolaihof Wachau, Austria
Quite deep straw colour. Very fine and complex nose, mineral, petrol, floral, great depth and balance. Dry and structured in the mouth. Quite full-bodied for a federspiel but with a long and acidic finish. Fine evolved riesling-notes. Slightly leafy and with great mineral depth. One of the best federspiels I have tasted. Highly recommended.
Riesling Im Weingebirge Smaragd 1992, Nikolaihof Wachau, Austria
Straw colour. Quite sweet and aromatic nose of honey, flowers, petrol, herbs and light mineral. Fullbodied and not as dry as the other wines. Quite round and with this very slight touch of rs. Less mineral wine, but with very nice and complex fruit, floral, honey, a slight touch of botrytis. Good acids and length with some anise in the finish. Perhaps lacking a bit in the mineral intencity of other wines, but the fruit is so nice and irresistable.
Steiner Hund riesling spätlese reserve 1991, Nikolaihof Kremstal, Austria
From magnum. Straw colour. Looks very young. Stoney nose. Very mineral. Some bitter flowers, herbs and very light petrol notes. Shows a little honey on day two. Slim wine in the mouth. Intence minerals. Showing what great site this derives from. Surprisingly young. Fresh and structured style. Quite underripe and green, showing bitter flowers. Not the greatest year. This is drinking well now, but will probably last a long time. Very good, but there are better vintages of this wine.
Riesling vom Stein Smaragd 1988, Nikolaihof Wachau, Austria
Yellow colour. Quite deep. Nose shows petrol, minerals, honey and some leafy notes. With some air this shows nice depth and interest. Full-bodied in the mouth. Concentrated and structured. But on the rustic side with petrol and mineral notes. Fine acids and long taste. Drinks well, will last. My least favourite of these wines.
Wehlener Sonnenuhr riesling kabinett 2001, Dr.Loosen Mosel, Germany
Lightly golden/green colour. Very fine nose, a little evolved, with hints of honey, oil (more than petrol), mineral and slightly sweet flowers. Fullbodied and sweet kabinett in the mouth with great structure and length. Still a 2-3 years too young. Flowery and honeyed fruit with fine mineral notes and apple peel in the finish. Racy wine. Tremendous kabinett, in the spätlese-style. Perhaps the finest kabinett I have tasted from Dr.Loosen. Note that there are several cuvees with the same name. So look for the exact AP-number (AP: 08 02).
Oberhäuser Leistenberg riesling kabinett 2004, Dönnhoff Nahe, Germany
AP: 005 05, 8,0% alc.Light straw/greenish colour. Slatey nose with some hints of sweet flowers, slight exotic fruit and green leafs. Sweet in the mouth, but still quite a slim wine with refreshing acidity. Slatey and mineral frui with some sweet flowers. Citrus and green apples in the finish. Lacking a little depth. But very fine and slim kabinett, greatly structured and a fine foodwine. Good for the price.
Grauburgunder -S- 2004, Dönnhoff Nahe, Germany
Straw colour. Nose of melon, green flowers, some mineral. Powerful wine in the mouth. Dry wine. Rich style with some fatness. Concentrated fruit which shows melon, banana, some mineral, but perhaps lacking a little in depth. Rich alcohol in the finish. Medium acids. Good length. Fine, but perhaps not the most interesting wine from Dönnhoff.
Periquita classico 1992, Fonsenca Palmela, Portugal
Brown-red colour. Dusty and complex nose of tar, old wood and red berries. Lightly oxydative notes. Medium bodied and decent concentration. Old fashioned style. Quite mature fruit showing tar and dusty wood. Fien and quite good. But starting too dry out. Drink up. Fine acids and some tannins in the finish.
Vino Monsecco riserva speciale 1970, Le Colline Piemonte, Italy
From Gattinara-zone. Transparent Onionskin-coloured wine with yellow rim. Very light. Fine noses with loads of high notes; roses, red fruits, some old wood. Not very intence and lacking in low notes. Light in the mouth. Mature. But fine fruit with roses and red fruits; currants. Good acidic backbone and just a little bit of tannins left. Fine length. This is very fine and probably the best of 4-5 bottles I have been through. But it needs to be drunk now. Very good.
Herederos de Argüeso Amontillado Jerez, Spain
Golden brown colour. Intence salty and nutty nose with some hints of flowers. Fine depth. Slim and fresh amontillado in the mouth. Intence and dry. Salty and mineral character of the fruit. And the typical nuttyness. Tells it's origins of Sanlucar de Barrameda. Long refreshing taste. Very fine amontillado in a dry, mineral and slim style.