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March 2010

Volker Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon 1994

by Oliver Bauer on 30 March 2010 · 0 comments

01.02.2010
Wow ! Who thought, that californian wines are just over-weight blockbusters … just try this one. A very healthy, deep garnet-red colour with a soft starting brown-red margin. The nose an incarnation of pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Etheral like mint, dark (mint-) chocolate, soured cherries, blackthorne and cassis. Again – WOW ! Because with some time, spicy notes of tobacco, cigarbox and pencil are completing this outstanding bouquet. Incredible complex and powerful without being clumsy or fat. Real wine-art ! And this continues in the mouth. Very elegant, fine structured and persistent at the palate and all this with just 12.5 .....

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Ridge Chardonnay 1990

by Oliver Bauer on 25 March 2010 · 0 comments

01.02.2010
This wine owns, concerning his age, an absolut clear and pretty nice golden colour with a magnificient cocktail of scents like butter-scotch without end, vanilla beans, peches and dried apricots in the nose. All this underlayed and supported by flavours of fresh butter, cream and hazelnuts. With some time etheral notes like thyme and lemon balm are joining this amazing blend. Very impressive. This 20 years old wine is still very lively and fresh – no signs of age …
At the palate of course bombastic – as expected. Full-bodied and you have always the impression of a big .....

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Scientists use carbon-dating to check wine vintages

March 23, 2010

A new study : Scientists use carbon-dating to check wine vintages
Due to the widespreaded „vintage fraud”, a team of researchers in Australia have came up with a test that uses radioactive carbon isotopes left in the atmosphere by atomic bomb tests last century and a method used to date prehistoric objects to determine what year a wine comes from, or its vintage.
The test works by comparing the amount of carbon-12 and carbon-14 in grapes.
Both are isotopes of carbon and are captured by the grape plants when they absorb carbon dioxide, the main nutrient used by living plants in their growth .....

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For the first time more than 3,300 exhibitors from 50 countries

March 23, 2010

Prowein, Dusseldorf, 20-23 march 2010
The organisers announced an impressive number of 3,300 exhibitors from 50 countries: among them all relevant winegrowing regions in the world, as well as numerous spirits suppliers.
Germany is on the first place regarding the number of the exhibitors: 800 producers, followed by Italy, France, Spain, Austria and Portugal.
For the first time, the five winegrowing regions Argentina, California, Chile, New Zeeland and South Africa are exhibiting together and utilising ProWein to launch a concerted PR campaign. Under the motto “Down2Earth”, they are collaboratively planning seminars, workshops and tasting, and introducing prominent vintners. The collaboratively contingency is similarly .....

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Bordeaux – Part I

March 22, 2010

În curând (sperăm că mâine) veţi citi aici şi câteva explicaţii ale pozelor.

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Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling Kastelberg Grand Cru „Le Chateau“ 2004

March 22, 2010

13.02.2009
Amber-colored and oxidized. So was the nose and the palate. In the beginning some baked apple and caramel but after some minutes pure and simple over. This wine was almost undrinkable and the biggest disappointment of the evening. Let’s hope it was a bottle/cork problem.
ADDITION of 28.07.2009 : We opened another bottle of this wine – unfortunately with the same result.
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2004
Riesling Kastelberg Grand Cru „Le Chateau“
Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss
France
Alsace
Riesling
0,75 l
natural cork
14.5 vol.%
dry
white
IV
 

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F.X. Pichler Riesling Loibner Berg Smaragd 2004

March 19, 2010

13.02.2009
Nice and shiny light-golden hue and an amazing complex and inspirational bouquet. Green apples and ripe apricots, spiced up with a bunch of fresh basil and lovage and underpinned by minerally notes of crushed stones and wet loam. This wine-monster absolutely needs to breathe because it is still a teenager but nevertheless already powerful and very good structured. It owns a brilliant full-bodied palate tamed by a racy acidity and topped with an endless aftertaste. A Riesling heavy weight without being ponderous but lively and eclectic. A wine endowed for a long, long life and indeed an amazing statement of .....

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Emrich-Schönleber Riesling Spätlese Monzinger Halenberg 2006

March 18, 2010

13.02.2009
The prototype of the actual very popular, German Rhine Rieslings. It shows an animating clear green-yellow colour. In the nose, strong fine aromas of ripe passion fruit, peaches and apricots. In the background there’s also a hint of green apples wrapped in a feathery petrol scent. It appeals almost sweet in the nose. By now the taste of this wine cannot tag along with its amazing bouquet. Its nice and minerally acidity and the notable residual sugar are not yet unified and the big amount of natural carbonic acid gives a little bitterness in the medium-length finish. But don’t let .....

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Londra Gastro

March 18, 2010
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Maximin Grünhäuser Riesling Spätlese Herrenberg trocken 2007

March 17, 2010

13.02.2009
Crystal-clear, shiny light yellow tint with green reflects. A bit closed in the beginning having a slight smell like yeast and wet soil. After some breathing time it develops a typical fragrance of pure Mosel Riesling like green apples, apricots, fresh herbs and slate. Riesling-novices might be confused by its distinctly petrol-rubber scent but also this is absolutely typical for this kind of Riesling. At the palate, also green apples, pears and paprika, minerally with an enormous, clear acidity and freshening fine carbon-pearls until the very long finish. It gets better with every minute in the glasses which shows that .....

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