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.  

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

1994 Kurt Darting Dürkheimer Hochbenn Muskateller Trockenbeerenauslese, Germany, Pfalz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1994
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This was a fascinating wine.  From a 500ML bottle.  Muskateller is from the Muscat family of grapes.  Although it is a white grape, it was very dark in color.  The bottle was 26 years old and the wine had seeped up to the top of the cork.  That said, it was a very nice showing.  Deep brown with tinges of red and orange, clear and bright.  The nose is great with honeyed figs, peaches and also blood oranges.  Viscous and sweet, not cloying.  On the palate, there is nice acidity.  The honeyed figs come thru and also a cherry note.  Long finish.  Complex and delicious.  This should have a long

2015 von Winning Forster Pechstein Riesling Großes Gewächs Trocken, Germany, Pfalz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

My first time trying this winery and I was very impressed though it had issues.  Golden in color, with a slightly green hue to it.  The nose smelled like fireworks or gun powder.  I lovve that smell but it was a bit controversial.  It also had a sweaty, wet wool sock note to it.  In short, there seems to be a lot of sulfur showing here not too unlike how JJ Prums used to show a decade or so ago when the wines were young.  None of that bothered me personally.  There is also some lemon and wet rocks.  On the palate, this has a nice texture.  None of the sulfur carries thru to the palate.  Lem