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2021 Heuriger Hamböck Donau Veltliner, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

Drank this at Heuriger Hamböck in Krems, Austria. 11.5% abv. This is considered a dry, "young wine". Young wine refers to the latest wines made which have a special legal status in Austria and are allowed to be sold at Heurigers. Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has peach with slight white pepper. Light tannins. On the palate, minerals with some lemons especially on the finish. Clean. This is easy drinking and refreshing. Drink over the next couple of years. It works well with lighter foods such as cheeses and cold cuts.

2021 Josef Jamek Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Stein am Rain, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

Bought off the list a Heuriger Zimmerman in Vienna, Austria.  Light golden in color with some green hues, clear and bright.  The nose is great with limes, white pepper and minerality.  medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, limes and green apples with a bit of salinity.  Lively.  Nice finish.  This is delicious and drinks easily with a wider variety of foods.  It would be great with Schnitzel.  Drink over the next five to eight years.  

NV Heuriger Hans Maly KG Gruner Veltliner, Austria, Wine Review

Score: 
86
Grade: 
B

There did not appear to be a vintage designation but as Heurigers typically serve their new wines, thus likely had a lot if not all of 2021 wine.  It was designated Osterreich (Austria) with no more specific designations.  The wine is green/silver/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is lighter but correct with has asparagus, and white pepper.  Light to medium bodied.  Clean.  On the palate, limes.  This is easy to drink with moderate acidity and finish.  It works with lighter foods.  Drink over the next year or two.  

2020 Bach-Hengl Rheinriesling Ried Hungerberg, Austria, Wien, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
85
Grade: 
B

Tasted at the Bach-Hengel Heuriger in Vienna, Austria.  Heuriger are sort of like single winery, wine bars.  Sort of.  Greed/gold in color, clear and bright.  Slight nose of minerals and slight pineapple.  On the palate, this is refreshing.  Some minerality and slight pineapple.  A bit of heat on the finish.  This is more about having fun, meeting new friends and having some local eats.  Drink over the next year or two.  It went well with fried vegetables.  

1900 D'Oliveiras Madeira Malvazia Reserva, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1900
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$3000.00USD

What a treat.  This is 122 years from vintage.  McKinley was president when the grapes were grown.  The color of dark iced tea, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has Tootsie-Rolls, toffee, orange marmalade and slight bitters.  Full bodied.  Vibrant acidity.  Fresh and delicious.  On the palate, toffee, orange peel, slight coffee and slight alcohol heat.  Long, long finish.  Complex.  A contemplative experience for sure.  This could likely go another 100 years.  While it would work with a less sweet dessert, this probably is best consumed on its own to really appreciate.  

2014 Joseph Phelps Insignia, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$200.00USD

Classic Napa Cab.  This is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc.  The nose has cassis, dust, graphite, and mocha.  Full bodied.  Complex.  Velvety texture.  On the palate, cassis and black cherries with underlying spice/sandalwood.  Firm tannins.  Long finish.  This is still young but drinking well.  It should drink well over the next twenty years.  A great wine to drink on its own or serve with braised lamb.  

2010 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$348.00USD

Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is very tight, but with air it shows cassis, blueberries, spice and slight mocha notes.  full bodied.  Firm tannins.  Very concentrated.  On the palate, black cherries, cassis, blueberries and mocha.  A bit of menthol on the finish.  Long finish.  This needs time or a few hours in a decanter but it is quite good.  Maybe another three to five years of cellaring and drink for fifteen to twenty after that.  Great on its own, it will need big, fatty foods such as prime rib. 

2012 Screaming Eagle Second Flight, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$825.00USD

This wine is now called simply The Flight to prevent any confusion from thinking this is a second wine.  It normally has a more significant percentage of Merlot, but in 2012, it is actually 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc.  Beautiful wine.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, cassis, cherries, graphite and slight black olives.  Full bodied.  Silky but rich texture.  Great depth and balance.  On the palate, black cherries, mocha, slight char and spice.  Long finish.  Delicious.  Medium tannins.  This is drinking well no

2019 Aubert Pinot Noir UV Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$140.00USD

Beautiful example of a non-full throttle California Pinot Noir.  Purple at its core, ruby toward the edge as it sits in the glass.  The nose takes some time to open up and then cherries, strawberries, black cherries with some herbal notes and slight spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, black cherries, cherries, slight cedar, and a bit of tarragon on the finish.  Great texture.  Long finish.  Intense.  This could use time or a few hours in a decanter but is drinking well with some air.  It should drink well for the next twenty years.  It would work great with roasted fowl.  

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