A Few More Sekts

Sekthaus Raumland, Rheinhessen, Blanc de Noir Sekt, Cuvee Katharina Brut, n.v. (disgorged 01/2012)

Raumland is a sekt specialist from Rheinhessen and this non-vintage blend is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier , which might explain its Champagne-like character: smoky brioche, orange blossom, citrus fruit, subtle strawberries, a hint of flint - yes, the Pinot is quite obvious, with air. Dry, with a hint of sweetness and salinity on the finish, and fine focus, if not especially a lot of weight. Quite tasty, congenial and fun. (Dec. 14, 2012)

Giaconda, 130 NIS.

Peter Jakob Kuhn, Rheingau, Riesling Sekt Brut, 2010

Certainly fruitier and less complex than the 2007, but nice in its own right, given the quirks of its youth, which I'll expound on shortly. Green apples and chalk, with barely any sign of the biscuity-briochy nuances of a mature bubbly fermented in bottle. At this point, the acidity and sweetness don't really geld and, overall, it's not quite as interesting as the other sekts I've tried and should be served as cold as possible. (Dec. 15, 2012)

Giaconda, 130 NIS.

Donnhoff, Nahe, Riesling Sekt, 2008

Finally, this is Donnhoff, and as usually with Donnhoff, you get a "what the fuck is this all about" nose, that's a little reductive and more than a little mineral-laden, only the minerals speak of colors and sounds that evoke by innuendo, without quite the full intellectual and sensual effect and depths of the man's cru bottlings. This is the only one of the three here that I would lay down. (Dec. 17, 2012)

Giaconda, 140 NIS.