Vinocamp Session – gereifte Exoten

Welche Vinocamp Session lockt einen früh am Morgen des ersten Veranstaltungstags? Klar: Wenn es was Aussergewöhnliches zu probieren gibt, dann gibt es keine Alternativen mehr. Joachim Kaiser, seines Zeichens Biologe und Weinberater, jedoch vor allem Weinliebhaber und -Sammler, lud zu einer Probe-Session mit “gereiften Exoten” aus seinem privaten Keller ein. Dabei handelte es sich um Weine, bei denen so manch einem beim Lesen der Etiketten schon die Nackenhaare zu Berge stehen. Read the rest of this entry »

Borgogno Barolo tasting at Rheingau Gourmet festival – in between tradition and modernity

Andrea Farinetti, the winemaker at Giacomo Borgogno e Figli  is only 22 years old. The estate however, which his family bought in 2008, was founded back in 1761. What a contrast! And somehow all is said: at Borgogno both tradition and modernity are very important. Tradition translates through the use of big Slavonian oak casks as opposed to new, smaller Barriques and also through a very late release of the wines, as to prevent disappointment with wines that might be opened too early. On the other hand there’s modernity which probably shows in the pragmatism that each vintage demands from the winemakers and the implementation of modern findings into the vineyard work.

At the Rheingau Gourmet festival we were lucky to attend  a tasting of 8 Borgogno wines with the comments of Andrea Farinetti and his colleague from the marketing side of the estate. The tasting was held at Weingut Georg Müller Stiftung, a Riesling and Pinot estate in Hattenheim within the Rheingau region. Here are my tasting notes: Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Barolo,Italy

2003 Herrenweg de Turckheim Pinot Gris, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht – Weingewordener Negroni

Ein “Orange Wine”? Nein! Ein 2003er Pinot Gris von Zind-Humbrecht. So dunkel wie ein junger Cognac. Duftig, mit einer schweren Aromatik: Quitte, Amaretto, süßes Motoröl, alte Weißbrotkruste und Kräuter, sogar Moschus – alles irgendwie in Harmonie. Kein wirklicher Alterston, aber eine herbe,schwere Reife ist dem Wein deutlich anzumerken.
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Categories: Alsace,France

2003 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese, Weingut Willi Schaefer – Smooth and Rewarding!

We drank this bottle of 2003  Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese by Willi Schaefer as a nightcap the other day. Yes, there are plenty of good occasion for drinking a sweet Riesling and a nightcap is certainly one of the better.
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Low alcohol and ripe fruit are definitely a good last reward for a hard day of work. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Germany,Mosel

2003 Hocheimer Hölle Riesling “Auslese Trocken” , Weingut Künstler, Rheingau – Fruit and Earth.

And while we’re at it. Here’s the second Künstler wine we had over the holidays. This time, true to the region’s traditions: a Riesling. Precisely, it was a dry Auslese from the acclaimed Hochheimer Hölle vineyard which somehow represents the ancestor to Künstler’s Erstes Gewächs of the same site. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Germany,Rheingau

2003 Bodegas Alion, Ribera Del Duero – Update

I’ve come across this wine a couple of times now. Posts about it have already been published here in May and July of 2008 and just recently I had it twice in a matter of only 3 months and now again I am popping a cork of this 2003 Alion from Ribera Del Duero. Of course it belongs to a category of wines that are a little controversial as it opposes aficionados of modern Spanish wines and those who prefer the more traditional ones. But somehow I believe Alion is right in between these two styles: a modern interpretation of traditional Spanish wines as to say, but not a super-extracted monster, although this verdict might also depend on drinking-circumstances. Read the rest of this entry »