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2018 Meyer-Näkel Blue Slate, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$68.00USD

This is labelled Blue Slate but there is also one available labelled as "Blauschiefer" which means Blue Slate.  Is this an export label?  Perhaps.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is tight but opens to chow cherries and baking spices.  On the palate, this has black cherry fruit with a hint of root beer.  Almost like a very, very elegant old style Sonoma Coast.  A nice depth and complexity despite its youth.  Moderate tannins.  Good finish.  This took a while to open and if serving now, give it a good decant.  This probably needs another five to seven years, to get close to

2018 Weingut Dautel Spätburgunder, Germany, Württemberg, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$21.00USD

Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is tight but opens to show black cherry fruit with slight spice.  On the palate, this is ripe and bigger.  Tart cherry fruit with light tannins.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue for seven to ten years.  This will work well with heavier sea food dishes.  

2018 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir, Germany, Pfalz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

An excellent value in Pinot Noir.  This tied for first place out of eight wines in a blind tasting (my score and the groups).  Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries and spice.  On the palate, the black cherries come thru with a bit of anise on the finish.  This has a lovely texture.  Bold but not over done.  This is drinking well now and should drink well for at least another three to five years.  It will work well with food, fried chicken would be a nice match.  

2018 Meyer-Näkel Pinot Noir, Germany, Ahr, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$38.00USD

This listed Pinot Noir on the front and back labels with no mention of Spatburgunder.  A.P. 179242300419.  Screw capped.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries and baking spices.  On the palate, tart cherries and cherries.  A nice depth to it.  Light tannins.  The seems like to should continue to improve for five to seven years and drink well for another five to seven after that.  More middle of the road in style.  This should work well with salmon or other heavier sea food and also drinks well on its own.  

2017 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Liaison, Germany, Baden, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
83
Grade: 
B-
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

My first time trying this producer.  It will appeal to those who like very delicate, cooler climate styles of Pinot more than I.  Pale ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, celery and an herbal note.  Light bodied.  On the palate, the cherries come thru a bit but the celery is stronger.  A medicinal/herbal note on the finish.  Not sure where this goes from here, but if you like it young, you will probably like it over the next five to seven years.  It will work much better with food, perhaps a salad with fresh pomegranate.  

2017 Carl Ehrhard Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck Spätburgunder, Germany, Rheingau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

Ruby in color, clear and bright.  This is tight at first but opens with air to show cherries and a slight citrus (orange peel?) quality.  Medium bodied with medium tannins.  On the palate, tart cranberries and some cherries.  Moderate finish.  This is drinking well now and probably should be drunk over the next three to five years.  It will work better with food.  Roasted fowl would be a nice choice.  

2009 Knipser Blauer Spätburgunder trocken, Germany, Pfalz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

This proved proved to be a love it or ate it wine in a recent tasting.  It tied for the wine of the night but had some detractors including me.  I think the biggest issue had to be whether it was past prime or in its prime.  Ruby in color, flat and cloudy.  On the nose, there is a sour cherry juice quality with slight oxidation.  Medium bodied with light tannins countered by a soft texture that was easy to drink.  Thin.  The sour cherry fruit come thru on the palate.  A shorter finish.  I didn't find the complexity hoped for in a 12 year old Pinot.  It is fine and drinkable and not too expe

2015 Emrich-Schönleber Riesling "Mineral" trocken, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

What a great showing for this wine.  A new producer for me.  Blind, I guessed Chablis due to the intense granny smith apple notes.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is full of Granny Smith (green) apples along with a crushed stone/chalky quality.  On the palate, this has a great rich texture but cuts with excellent acidity.  The tart green apples and crushed stones carry thru to the palate.  Long finish.  2015 was a great year and this still has some more development to come although it is drinking well now.  Maybe another three to five years until full maturity and should drink

2015 Realm Cellars The Falstaff, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$210.00USD

Great showing for this wine.  Pop and pour, it took a couple of hours to really get going.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with cassis, cedar, slight black cherries and minerality.  Full bodied but not over blown.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, precise cassis with under lying minerality.  It grows in the glass.  Long finish.  Delicious.  This is still young and needs about seven to ten more years until peak.  It should be good for another fifteen to twenty after that.  It drinks well on its own and will work great with heartier fare such as pot roast.  

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