My favorite local internet wine store recently uncovered a mixed case of 1988 & 1989 German Riesling for me that very much takes me back to when I was first learning about great Riesling, with the added benefit of 20 years or so of age.
Orange color, bright as an early Spring sunrise.
Smell of orange and peach, trace of diesel exhaust.
Sweet peach, orange flavor, rich, well-balanced with acid. Trace of petillance on the tongue, hint of coconut in the finish.
Very good bottle, not the best I've had from this Einzellage, but I don't think I've ever had a bad Wehlener Sonnenuhr!
A noticeable amount of residual sugar in this citrus-tasting wine. I feel condescended to, and not in a good way. Tingly petillance is apparent on the tongue.
Inadequate bottle for $17.99. I mark down severely for a normally dry wine presented with significant residual sugar. Your mileage may vary, this isn't technical incompetence, this is a marketing decision of which I disapprove.
I tried to enjoy a second, later, bottle knowing it was off-dry and to not prejudge, but then become distressed as the herbaceous, vegetal, smell and taste. Still a negative.
The first taste is tart lemon which is soon joined by fruit-sweet pineapple, peach, and pear flavors, smoky oak, a big tropical fruit-bomb. Much better acid finish than is often seen in such exuberant Chards.
I admit, a heavily-oaked (partially) malolactic Chardonnay is one of the wines I can least appreciate, but I do recognize that this is an excellent $32.99 bottle for the style and it grows on me as the bottle gets empty.
Golden orange-brown color (I see I've already done the "I'm Brown, from the Sun" bit, so I'll refrain from repetition).
Bus-stop diesel smell. Here's a most esoteric tasting note that strains "organoleptic" beyond any reasonable breaking point: this wine reminds me of seeing F1 cars streaming through a chicane at Spa-Francorchamps, and a crisp Belgian day, rain threatening after a rain-soaked qualifying jumbled the starting order. Spa as it was before 2004. Or so I hear.
The sweetness inherent to an Auslese has diminished while a rich flavor, characteristic of well-aged Riesling, has developed. Way tangerine, peach, coconut.
Excellent bottle, medium-bodied, a one-of-a-kind example (well, today it is!) from the sundial, a famous Moselle vineyard, delicate, powerful.
A very tight cork in this bottle, required the use of a sharp knife and, eventually, passing a wine / cork-crumb slurry through a coffee filter.
Straw color, petillance is noticeable on the glass.
Sweet peach smell, more than a hint of Botrytis edelfaule.
Sweet noble-rot-infected peach and apricot flavors, petillant on the tongue, rich dessert treat. Impressive for such a young Riesling, but I'll come back for another bottle (which I hope is easier to open) in five years more.
While I'm no expert on wine, I'm not afraid of it either. I intend to enjoy a bottle each day with dinner. Since I've added Champagne to the wines I wish to post on, all restrictions on price per bottle have been removed.