2015 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$80.00USD

One of my favorite Alsatian wineries and my favorite bottling of theirs.  This vintage is no exception.  Light yellow god in color, but also quite intense.  On the nose, this is pretty with peaches, baking spice and a nice minerality.  On the palate, this is just slightly sweet.  A bit viscous.  The peaches carry thru but also also a steely quality.  Consumed over two nights, it was better on the second night.  More complex and deep, but still very lively and little oxidation.  Long finish.  This should continue to improve for the next seven to ten years and be good for ten to fifteen after

1998 Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Klosterberg Riesling Eiswein, Germany, Rheingau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1998
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

From a 375ml bottle/  Brown in color.  The nose is interesting with green tea, chalk and wet rocks.  On the palate, this has tart green grapes along with underlying chalk and some rocks.  It is slightly viscous.  Slightly sweet but not as much as expected.  It has an interesting complexity.  It works well on its own or with cheese.  This seems to be showing some age, but should have a long life ahead.  

2015 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett halbtrocken, Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This was a bit shut down on night one, but really opened beautifully on night 2.  Light to medium golden in color.  The nose has nice minerality along with a bit of pineapple and an interesting slight mint note.  On the palate, this is slightly viscous.  There is just a hint of sweetness.  Good acidity.  The pineapple and minerals carry thru along with a touch of Granny Smith apples.  Moderate finish.  Its probably best at this point to give it a bit of air or just wait a few years on it.  It will work great with Thai or Chinese foods.  It should last another ten years at least if well stor

2007 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Felsentürmchen Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

Deep golden in color, clear and bright.  Gorgeous nose of minerals, wet rocks and pineapple.  On the palate, this is sweet but no where near cloying.  Viscous.  Great acidity balances it well.  The palate has slight pineapple with minerals and plenty of depth.  This is mature but will continue to evolve.  No signs of diesel at this point.  Easily another couple of decades left.  It was a great match with a beet and goat cheese dish.  

2011 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Zöbing, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Reivew

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Gruner Veltliner may be the "national" grape of Austria, and there are many great ones, but they also do a fantastic job with Riesling.  Golden in color.  The nose has nice minerals, a slight peach and a slighter diesel quality.  On the palate, this is dry.  Excellent acidity.  The wine is full bodied.  Depth and complexity.  Long finish.  This should go with just about any food.  Just starting to show some maturity, it will last a couple more decades if that's how you like your Riesling.  

2001 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese, Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

From a 375 ML bottle bought on release.  Pop and pour.  Of course, 2001 was such a great vintage (one of the all time greats).  This one is doing fine.  Starting to show a bit of maturity but that's fine.  Medium golden in color.  The nose has slight diesel with wet rocks, lemon peel and slight simple syrup.  On the palate, there is some diesel.  A bit of sweetness but not a lot for an Auslese.  Great acidity.  Nice minerality.  Long finish.  This easily should last a couple more decades.  It would be great with Thai food.  

2016 Carlisle Compagni Portis, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Mike Officer makes some really nice wines at fair prices.  His whites might even be better values than his reds.  This is a field blend of Gewürztraminer, Trousseau Gris, Riesling and other white grapes.  Pale silvery gold in color.  The nose is great with lychees, peaches and floral tones.  On the palate, this is slightly viscous.  Dry and refreshing.  Peaches and slight pears with good minerality.  Nice finish.  This is drinking quite well now and it probably should be consumed over the next couple of years.  It will go well with salads, sushi or even Thai food.  

2002 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Beautiful showing for this bottle.  Gorgeous color if a bit worrisome.  A deep burnt orange color.  The nose is very nice with a slight petrol quality along with apricots and slight honey.  On the palate, this is slightly viscous.  Not as sweet as it was in it's youth though still some sweetness.  Peaches, slight honey, slight almond note on the finish.  Complex and deep.  It is evolving nicely and well stored bottles should continue to be a treat for a while.  This went well with a salad and will probably have more synergy with lighter foods at this point in its life.  

2015 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Nice to check in on this wine after a few years.  It is open and drinking beautifully.  Richters wines are always good to great, but they are always some of the best values in Germany.  This one is no exception.  Light golden in color.  The nose has slight peach with lots of minerals/wet rocks.  With air a bit of floral not comes out.  On the palate, this is sweet but not overtly.  A reasonable amount for Spatlese.  It is crisp with nice peaches and wet rocks.  Long finish.  This will go with almost any food but will excel with spicy Thai or Indian.  It is still young but drinking great and

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