Sunday, September 23, 2007

Two Finely Balanced, Well Aged Spatleses

Weingut JoS. Christoffel Jr., Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Spatlese, 1994

The wine's age has rendered the aromatics subtle, rather than complex, with minute, elegant brushstrokes of peaches, chalk and herbs, with hints of kerosene. The palate is no more complex but there is a great interplay of fruit, sugar and green apple acidity that is both riveting and lingering. Damn good, especially the acidity, which makes me wonder what this wine was like as a youngster. (Sept. 2, 2007)

Weingut JoS. Christoffel Jr., Urziger Wurzgarten, Riesling Spatlese, 1994

Same producer, same year, same pradikat, different vineyard. The aromatics are different: the Wurzgarten is more extroverted, with little petrol, instead mildew, honey and slightly veggie notes complement peaches and apple pie. The palate offers the same "French kiss" of sweetness and acidity as the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, the same length too, but texturally feels more interesting and more subtle on the finish. (Sept. 13, 2007)

Imported by Giaconda, listed at 150 NIS.

3 comments:

Robin said...

Chaim hi

Not only are you a wine connoisseur, but your detailed descriptions and artful use of the Engliush language have left me flabergausted and leaves me with one question: Is this blog to demonstrate your wine knowlegge or is it the poet expressing himself like never before?

2GrandCru said...

Thanks for the compliment, Robs.

Anonymous said...

great value for money. I have followed your blg and bought those wines and enjoyed very much
thank you