2021 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Urgestein, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$11.00USD

Consumed at the winery.  Made from younger vines in Gaisberg and Heiligenstein.  Light yellow/hay/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight but with good minerality and light alfalfa notes.  Medium bodied.  Slightly viscous texture.  Bolder on the palate with good acidity.  Slight pineapple notes with minerality.  Long finish.  This is a nice value and drinking well now.  A bit generic in profile but that's ok.  It drinks well on its own and should be very food friendly.  Fried zucchini strips would work very well.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  

2020 Joseph Drouhin / Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

This is a very nice Chardonnay made from estate grown and purchased fruit.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some green apple often found in Chablis, but mostly grapefruit with some lemon.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is moderately crisp with a bit of chalky minerality.  Good finish.  It drinks well on its own and worked well with a caprese salad.  Drink over the next few years.  

2019 FEL Chardonnay Anderson Valley, USA, California, Mendocino, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with lemons, peach and slight green apple.  Medium to full bodied.  Little or no oak showing on this wine.  On the palate, this is crisp and easy to drink.   Notes of peach and slight lemon zest on the palate. Nice finish.  Refreshing.  It works better with food but is still a nice sipper.  Pair it with grilled sea food such as trout.  drink over the next five years.  

2018 Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas, USA, California, Paso Robles, Adelaida District, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$47.00USD

This is a blend of 66% Roussanne, 21% Grenache Blanc, 8% Picpoul Blanc, 3% Picardin and 2% Clairette Blanche.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has pears, peaches, some minerality and spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, pears and peaches with good acidity.  A roundness of the wine makes it very accessible.  Long finish.  Still youthful, there is plenty of depth and complexity.  White Rhone varietals are notoriously difficult to guess an ageing curve, but this should easily have a decade left.  It worked quite well with a Caprese Salad and also Guacamole.  

2021 Heuriger Hamböck Cabernet, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Much better than the 2020 vintage.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis and black cherries with some dust and tobacco.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, black cherries and slight cassis.  Good acidity.  Moderate finish.  This drinks easy and pleasurably.  It works better with food.  It would be a nice burger wine.  Drink over the next five years.  

2020 Heuriger Hamböck Cabernet, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
81
Grade: 
B-
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Served at Heuriger Hamböck in Krems, Austria.  Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries with slight bell pepper.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, black cherry fruit.  Moderate finish.  This is an easy going Cab that works well with cheese and cold cuts.  Drink over the next few years.

2021 Heuriger Hamböck Rose Cabernet

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$11.00USD

Significantly better than the 2020 version.  Pink, with slight orange hues.  The nose is nice with watermelons and strawberries.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  Solid acidity.  On the palate, more cherries with some cranberries.  Nice finish.  This is nice on its own and worked well with light foods and  cheeses.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

2020 Heuriger Hamböck Rose Cabernet, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
77
Grade: 
C

Purple in color.  Dark.  This is sold as a Rosé, but looks like a red wine.  The nose, however, is strawberries.  Light tannins.  Medium bodied.  Slightly viscous with moderate acidity.  The palate tastes ripe with strawberries and black cherries.  Over all, it seems disjointed.  Probably better on its own, it didn't seem to work well with traditional foods.  Drink now.   

2021 Heuriger Hamböck Bluton Muskateller, Austria, Krems, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Served at  Heuriger Hamböck in Krems, Austria. Tocken.  12.5% abv.  Green/silver/gold in color, clear and bright.  The fragrant nose has apricots and wild fennel.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, the apricots come thru.  Good finish.  This is a delightful light wine.  It drinks nicely on its own and will work with lighter foods.  Nice with semi-hard local cheeses.  Drink over the next year or two.  

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

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
82
Grade: 
B-
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Consumed at Heuriger Hamböck in Krems, Austria.  Yellow gold in color, clear and bright.  Very tight nose.  Some minerality.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate, slight lemons on the finish.  This is fine for sipping outside with some casual food.  Inexpensive, the price listed is to consume at the Heuriger.  Goes well with lighter foods.  Drink now.

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