- 1976 Freiherr Heyl zu Herrnsheim Niersteiner Rehbach Riesling Beerenauslese - Germany, Rheinhessen (5/22/2006)
AP 4 382 093 34 77. Light gold, developed but not looking overly mature. The nose is very exotic and abundantly fruity - tropical even with quite a bit of passion fruit. Botrytis is fairly evident, but I do miss the petrol of which this had only the tiniest hint. The palate is rather sweet, very fruity, rather too low in acidity and intensity but still balanced - just a bit too exotically fruity for my tastes - and not flabby (though certainly on the border of becoming so). The aftertaste is long and though not as acidic as I would hope, there still was a touch of refreshing bitterness to it. Drink up. (The last glass I had developed a hint of toothpaste-like smell to it, so don't let it be open for four hours!!)
- 1996 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Champans 1er Cru - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay (5/22/2006)
Rather dark. A somewhat strange nose, but very, very appealing! Earthy, rusty and rustic, with tomato and sour cherry. The nose had great lift to it with plenty of savoury herbalness (reminding me, of all things, Chinon!!), seemingly as if the fruit were partially oxidised - in fact almost Musar-like!! Strange but lovely. There did appear quite a bit of sweetness to the fruit over time, but it never lost the utterly beguiling rusticity. The palate had a good concentration of vibrant fruit, vibrant acidity, still a touch tannic, and rather extracted, but it was the aftertaste which I thought the loveliest part of the wine: like with Musar, it was a touch volatile, fresh, with immense acidity - almost harsh were it not for the great fruit -, and immense length. Overall: savoury, intense and rustic. I liked it very much. Needs much more age.
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