Yet another Casual session in ES. Some friends are new to ES thus I was quite worry about if they would feel comfortable with this little vault. I like this tasting room though, isolated from the crowd and can’t have our valuable time here. Thanks everyone for joining, let’s do another one soon.
1997 Schlossgut Diel Dorsheimer Goldloch Riesling Spätlese – Germany, Nahe
- Alcohol :: 7.5%
Tasted 3times with consistent notes. This bottle is showing very well when pop & poured, integrated and quite seamless with great balance of the acid, mineral and lightly honey coated white and yellow fruits. A crowd pleaser but the wine starting to loose a bit of tension on the mid palate after 45mins or so which suggested should drink up.
2009 Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck Riesling Spätlese – Germany, Rheingau
-> Tasted twice with consistent note. I’m pretty curious how will this evolve, hopefully in the good way.
- Alcohol :: 7.5%
Aromas of honey lemon, sweet floral, lychee with mineral background. Very sweet on the palate that is quite flabby with lots of pure ripe yellow fruits, red apple and honey lemon in flavor, good mid palate depth but the finish is quite dry but sweet at the same time. My 2nd approach, but still, this is too sweet and lack of the acid (I will be more conservative if the acid is high, and probably after aging this will turn out good) and tension to really attract me.
2004 Marcel Deiss Riesling Beblenheim – France, Alsace, Beblenheim, Alsace AOC
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Aromas of grapefruits, passion fruits, citrus and mineral surrounded by strong scent of kerosene. At first this is quite bitter with backward, but when I tried it again at the end of the night, this has opened up nicely. Fresh and very rich on the palate, with good cut and transparency to the flavor of citrus, passion fruits, kerosene and strong mineral tones at the background that linger on the long, elegance, complex finish with green herb and spice.
-> Have had 2006 – 2008 Gevrey Chambertin VV from Fourrier all very good, definitely one of the best village at this price point.
- Alcohol :: 13%
Very young, quite reductive too with metallic tones dominated the nose and palate. The wine become more expressive after an hour or so in the decanter which display full of red cherry and strawberry fruits intermixed with high tone spring floral, wood spice and added even more complexity to the nose with earthy, leathery, dried herb and touch of metallic tones. The palate is quite powerful, with very good mid palate sap and intensity all supported firmly by the strong acidic spine which mellow down will time and the sweetness of the pure red Pinot fruits surface to buffer with the acidity as well as firm tannin. Finish fresh and long, with mineral aftertaste. A top class Village which required another 5yrs -7 yrs in the bottle. Buy – Yes.
2001 Machiavelli Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna di Fontalle – Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico
-> Able to get this right as a Chianti but not for the vintage, I thought it was a 2006!
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Aromatic nose of floral, sweet dark and red fruits, dried fig with earthy, mineral and leathery complexity to it, not broad, but have real focus. Kinda high level of acidity, but very round and ripe that well balance by the good level of fruits concentration and dry extract that form firm, smooth mouth feel with soft structure that leads to the leathery, spicy long finish. Fresh, quite succulent too. A really decent Chianti Classico Riserva that drinking well now, harmonious though not necessary complex. Buy – Yes.