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We deal with a great Riesling and two red wines that, tasted blind, taste like the Northern Rhone.
This time we have a mature Champagne, a very good Bordeaux and a sensational Barolo.
This time there are La Spinetta and Gaja.
It is time again to open some high quality sample bottles.
Let's have a long evening with wines from different countries.
The HDV (The Hyde & De Villaine Families) 2017 Napa Valley Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a joint venture of the Hyde and the Villaine families.
Stefan is back, so we can do a liitle tasting.
It's not Christmas yet, but that's no reason not to taste Christmas wines after all.
Here we have a Duval-Leroy Champagne, a Viognier from Germany, a Klaus Keller Riesling, two old Masi Amarone and a mature Tignanello.
A sparkling wine made from Riesling with long yeast aging and a relatively young Champagne offer a very contrasting tasting this time.
Rheinhessen, Kamptal, Liguria and Piedmont are the wine regions this time.
We explore new territory - Merlot Blanc de Noir and the two autochthonous grape varieties Nascetta and Timorasso.
This time the evening brought a surprisingly fresh Assyrtiko, a large Gräfenberg and sensational Californians.
Nino Negri is one of the best producers in Valtellina.
Here we have two interesting wines, a white from Piedmont and a red from the northern Rhone.
Bassermann-Jordan not only makes great Rieslings, but also an excellent Pinot Noir.
Here we have 3 interesting wines: Barolo, Monferrato Nebbiolo and Dolcetto.
Here we have Boekenhoutskloof The Journeyman and Shafer Hillside Select.
Yes, one of the best red wines in Germany really does come from the Moselle, which is actually famous for its Riesling but not for red wine. In preparation for our Piedmont trip, we also drink a Barolo from Aldo Conterno, which is an alternative to the expensive Romirasco.
It's hard to find affordable red burgundy. Luckily we got some bottles donated by a friend. If you search hard enough you can find great affordable burgundies.
This time there are three white wines from different regions and a Barolo Riserva 1985.
Again it is time for old fine Bordeaux and an old bottle of Valbuena. All wines were spent by a friend.
The summer vacation is over and we start with the tasting of the new Barolo vintage 2018.
This is the second try of fine old wines from winery Knipser. We are again surprised at how well the wines have held up.
Unfortunately only winery Tesch provides a collectionbox with all their Rieslings in the practical format of 0,25l bottles. I would like to encourage other wineries to also offer wines in such a convenient format.
Three old fine wine - 1949 Clos Vougeot, 1959 Rauenthaler Gehrn Riesling TBA, 1971 Bensheimer Streichling Riesling TBA - were donated by a friend.
I , Ralph, brought some white wines from a long weekend at the Kaiserstuhl. The Kaiserstuhl is a famous wine region for the Pinot varieties - Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). The wines were tasted blind in the MWC.
Besides Barolo Chinato, there are other wines from Piedmont with cinchona bark.
I, Ralph, brought some white wines from a long weekend at the Kaiserstuhl. The Kaiserstuhl is a famous wine region for the Pinot varieties - Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). The wines were tasted blind in the MWC.
This time there is a Barolo from Giuseppe Mascarello, a Noon Eclipse and a Torres Gran Corona.
Now we have various wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from California, a Barbaresco and a modern Ribera del Duero.
We are tasting Grand Siecle, Bricco del Drago, Ürziger Würzgarten and a fantastic sweet wine from Martinelli.
1967 Chateauneuf du Pape, 1947 Barolo and Chateau Troplong Mondot 1959 were donated by a friend.
After drinking the 3-year-old bottling of this special cuvée and reading the description of the other two bottlings at Parker, the decision was clear: we absolutely have to try the 10-year-old and the 50-year-old.
We were very surprised that Knipser wines are so durable, especially from such a hot vintage 2003.
Two German Riesling wines, an awesome Chateau Climens and a perfect Barolo from 1971 were the basis for a long evening.
This time: Chateau de Beaucastel, Jean-Claude Bachelet, Jaboulet Aine and Castello dei Rampolla.
We have the rare opportunity to taste Molitor horizontally: the same vintage, the same vineyard, but all three different degrees of sweetness.
The Riesling wines of Markus Molitor need a lot of time to reach their peak. So, it is better to drink them not to early.
Here we have a mixture of Rhone, Mosel, Rheinhessen and California.
A few new wines from the last presence auction and tried and tested ones from the cellar.
In addition to Riesling from Rheinhessen and three Californian wines, this time we have Ygrec and Petrus.
The North Rhone is always an interesting wine region.
Some German producers are now so good that they are a real alternative for Burgundy.
The wines of Flowers are hard to find in Europe. So I bought my bottles 10 years ago in an auction. Now we drink my last bottle.
This time: One of the best German sparklings, two amazing Rieslings, something from a new winery at the Loire and Lopez de Heredia in 3 variants.
In a blind tasting it is sometimes difficult to distinguish a Nebbiolo from a Sangiovese. Traditional Sangiovese also have a lot of tannins, but usually a little more acidity.
This was an evening of great wines.
Martinelli is one of the top producers of Zinfandel. As a friend of Zinfandel, you shouldn't miss these wines. These wines are hard to find in Europe, so purchasing them from the mailing list is recommended.
Two fine Rieslings from Nahe and Mosel.
Our wines from the Kongsggard mailing list have just arrived.
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