Misc Notes (July 2010)

Henri Bourgeois, Vin De Pays Du Val De Loire, Petit Bourgeois, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009

Why quibble if it's only a quaffer? It's a terrific quaffer and like drinking an airy sherbet of white peaches, with mineral nuances. (July 13, 2010)

WineRoute, 53 NIS.

Gunderloch, Rheinhessen, Nackenheim Rothenberg, Riesling Auslese, Goldkapsel, 2007

I had this at Giaconda's 4th anniversary celebrations at Pier 23 at the Tel Aviv Port, which is a lousy way to taste wine, being outdoors and in a crowd, so I'm really putting this down to serve as a very vague data point. Judging by the way the acidity right now is masking so much of the sugar, I would give this a long rest in the cellar. Like decades. That's all, folks. (July 15, 2010)

Giaconda, 360 NIS.

Josef Leitz, Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz, Riesling Spatlese, 2007

Not that long, not that complex - but it's delicious, harmonious, lively and refreshing. Deftly integrates the peaches, grapefruit and apple regions of the flavor spectrum. (July 16, 2010).

Giaconda, 103 NIS.

A. Et P. De Villaine, Cote Chalonnaise, Rouge, La Fortune, 2008

Earthy and moderately sweet Pinot fruit comprised of strawberries, cranberries, raspberries - red and refreshing with a saline finish. The nose develops into a very complete rendition of Bourgone, with mineral and blood notes over the aforementioned red fruit, perhaps the best nose I've ever sniffed off a ~100 NIS wine. (July 17, 2010)

Burgundy Wine Collection, 110 NIS.

Deux Montilles, Rully, 2007

The nose shows citrus fruit, some pears, flint and even a hint of sea salt. The palate is long and savory, even if it isn't very complex. And I want more. (July 18, 2010)

Burgundy Wine Collection, about 120 NIS.

Donnhoff, Nahe, Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg, Riesling Spatlese, 2004

At home, on my birthday, a Nahe. Beautiful, elegant Nahe. If Donnhoff's only ambition was to make the most archetypical off-dry german Riesling, then he succeeded in spades. This doesn't break any new grounds, simply fine-tunes every nuances you expect to find in these lovely ladies. The fruit is still in its youthful incarnation of juicy red apples, speckled with chalk and sea air. The palate is light and yet so well balanced that it leaves you wanting nothing. (July 19, 2010)

Giaconda, about 180 NIS.

And on the same joyous occasion:

Koehler-Ruprecht, Pfalz, Kalstadter Steinacker, Scheurebe Beerenauslese, 2004

Wow, there's a bit of band-aid in there but beyond that and the variety's telltale guayavas, there's a purity and vitality I have not found in any K-H wines lately. Feels closer to Sauternes than other German stickies, but without the comparatively high alcohol. (July 19, 2010)

Also Giaconda, about 220 NIS.

Marcel Lapierre, Morgon, 2008

This is fruity in the classic, old-school French style, which means it's not very fruity at all, just mellow, almost rose-like, with kinky mineral notes. But as much as I personally love its brainy, austere trappings, it's not a wine for everyone. (July 31, 2010)

Burgundy Wine Collection, 110 NIS.