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The Loimer brothers

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As I walked through the wine stalls of my specialist store, screening the available German Rieslings of the fabulous 2007 vintage, the sommelier came to me and recommended I should have a try of some 2006 wines from Austria, which supposedly was an outstanding vintage there. After he poured me a convincing sip for trying, I finished up with 2 Loimer wines in my basket.

I chilled both bottles for the evening and had them accompanying our dinner. First, the 2006 Terrassen Riesling. It had a misleading color, since the pale yellow with golden hue promised a rather light wine. The nose though revealed quickly that something nobler would await our palates. It was intensive and smelled of ripe apricots and dried fruits. On the palate the fruit was there also, but more impressingly, one could feel how the structure evolved, how the weight on the palate came up, without losing balance, always staying like a monolith and as a plus, with a genius acidity playing Mozart in the background. The unbelievable smoothness and roundness of this wine never makes you feel the 13,5 % of alcohol printed on the label, this is just a very well done wine. Also the long and mineral finish adds some more beauty.92-93 points. Really a nice wine and also a true bargain for about 14 Euro.

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Then of course, we opened the 2006 Terrassen Grüner Veltliner, its brother from the same heights. It nearly had the same color than the Riesling, but this time we know what to expect from there. The nose was as intensive, but with alchemistic perfumes of Flintstone, makes you want to smell it forever. Not too heavy, just like a subtle fog of gunpowder. On the palate at first one notices the acidity which is more present than in the Riesling, although analysis on the website shows it has less, how good of a wine amateur am I? Maybe it’s just the general style of the Veltliner emphasizing spice and herb notes, the apricot fruit was indeed a bit less intensive here, but a great minerality came up which lasted through a long and beautiful finish. No need to say that this wine is also quite a bargain. 92-93 points. Got to go find both wines again!

Oh I nearly forgot to mention the food although it’s truly worth being mentioned. Did you ever try the Secreto part of the Iberico Pork? Delicious! Those thin slices of pork coming from its back are marbled with fat and somehow remind the look of Wagyu beef. You only need to sear it quickly from both sides, add a little salt and pepper and enjoy. The flavor of the meet is so intense, nearly making you think garlic has been added, but it’s the intense acorn flavor coming through – those porks having been fed on them intensively. Yummy! (forgot to make pics, but instead, check out this blog entry at “La Cocina de Cabriola”)

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