Franz Karl Schmitt

Niersteiner Pettenthal Auslese Riesling 2001

I heard something today on IDTT that exemplifies tasting this wine - never explicitly was the term "great" terrior used, but I think it's safe to say that the discussion was about great terrior. A "great" vineyard isn't necessarily better than others in terms of quality... Or even necessarily need to represent the covering GI... but it is "great" because of clarity. It produces a unique expression CONSTANTLY, irrespective of vintage or producer. In short, it speaks precisely of a place... Cliché but truly. And that's Pettenthal! Time and time again I've seen this. With KP, Kai, Gunderloch, Kuhling-Gillot. Pettenthal is great and this wine sealed it for me.

Brought this to blind KP. It was an obvious choice since KP's tiny super plot was once part of FK Schmitt's holdings. Despite the differences with KP's insane 17' auction wine (vintage, style, vineyard size, philosophy), this wine was clearly Pettenthal. That cool and smoky elements that I've learned to associate with the vineyard, fine minerally backbone. Damn! This has to be one of the most tightly focused aged Auslese's I've had in a while. What a pristine bottle - all thanks to Roland's exquisite sourcing skills. Stone fruits, petrol, honey, spice, umami elements. Finish was admittedly one-dimensional. Could be longer. Still, what a lovely
— 7 days ago

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David T

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Nice bottle.

Katharina Wechsler

Benn Trocken Riesling 2013

Had higher expectations. Nevertheless, it's solid. Comes from Katharina's monopole at the edge of Aulerde (10%?). Cool 50 year-old vines. Mineral and powerful, but I was definitely craving more tension from the wine. Perhaps more a site specific thing - I found the same notes with Wittman's Aulerde on various occasions, and KP does not regard any of his holdings there as GG worthy (although this too isn't a GG, but you get the point). Alcohol and phenolics are a little obvious too at the moment, but that's just nitpicking. Still... a good wine. — 2 days ago

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G.D. Vajra

Petracine Langhe Riesling 2015

Just thoroughly enjoying this.
Straw yellow in color, with a touch of green hints.
Grapefruit, peach, earthy- creaminess, citrus notes to it. That jumps from the glass. Secondary notes of flowers & modest amount of minerals. The 2015 is special. I’ll have to pick up a 14 .
— 3 days ago

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Cuvée Frédéric Emile Alsace Riesling 2008


The story about this wine for me is about the fragility of life. It was about a year ago that I last drank a bottle - in a little Japanese restaurant called BISSOH, in the heart of Beaune, among riesling and burg lovers, among people whom I regard as my family away from home. We were celebrating the life of a man, who I got to know only a couple months before and admittedly knew little about. But that didn't matter. We all bonded over wine, and he was a man of preposterous passion for it. What really got to me was how quick it all went from drinking the best wines with him to drinking the best wines for him. Hits really close to home.

I've decided upon this wine as my choice to start populating my cellar in Malaysia. Why? For one, it's to remember the life of Tino. Also, riesling's a little hard to come by in Malaysia... so thank God for Trimbach. But perhaps most importantly, it's so bloody delicious!

I love the 08's precision and focus. It smells of flowers, stone fruits, then flowers again, then straight up stone, herbs, almonds. The palate's just liquid rock. And the finish... Breathtaking. Waves of citrusy goodness. However, it needs time. The acid sticks out like a sore thumb at the moment. I reckon with a bit of laying down, it'll integrate right in. What a complete CFE it'll be then 😍
— 10 days ago

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Appreciate your thoughtful writing for this review. Well done.
Bob McDonald

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Excellent Review. Have always liked Trimbach myself. I have a few reviews on Delectable.

McGregor Vineyards

Dry Riesling 2002

Bottle from dinner this evening in downtown Hammondsport, a quiet town. The restaurant had a deep list of early 2000's bottles from local wineries, all great values!

Color was deep gold, clearly showing its age.
Nose had oxidized white flowers, and ripe oxidized peach, some wet slate/petrol-light notes.
Palate was candied peach/pineapple, honey.
A great experience, $55 on the list.
— 3 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Yes, there was a very wide offer of bottles on the list between here and $75, many around this age too. Awesome to be able to try well cellared FLX stuff for short $.
Tom Casagrande

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Nice winery. Visited there in the mid-90s with a toddler and baby in tow!

Weingut Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken

Rausch Kabinett Riesling 2016

A little rich for my liking. 2016's marred with spat-tasting kabi's and it's no different here. Still an enjoyable wine. Currently showing more juicy elements than minerality. Wish it was more vibrant. — 11 hours ago

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Weingut Keller

Nierstein trocken Riesling 2017

Poor man's Pettenthal... In light of the insane Pettenthal GG prices these days. Those in the know are bound to pounce on these "village" wines from KP. Essentially declassified GG. In 2017, most of this wine comes from Pettenthal. Even in a blind among seasoned Keller drinkers, they thought this was Pettenthal. You get the gist... It's crazy good value... That is if you can find it... Perhaps even rarer than the GG bottling.

Constantly evolving in the glass. Fruiter than the Pettenthal GG, and I feel... less dry extract. But it's got that smoky element that pervades in wines from the vineyard. Floral and yellow fruit, glacial, piercing minerality, very convincing finish. Another killer Keller!
— 5 hours ago

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Weingut Keller

Abts E Westhofen Brunnenhäuschen Riesling 2017

Picking Abtserde in 2017 was an absolute pain. It was affected the worst by hail. Took us an entire day to sort and pick just one row, granted they were long rows. And not to mention the wasps... Devil spawns... these creatures. Thank God 2018 didn't see this problem.

Anyway, rant aside... This wine blew my mind... Again. Maybe I'm biased... But it's just so pure... So fucking pure... Mineral hedonistic crystalline precision! If that even makes sense. Explosive pleasure! In short, heavenly 🤤

NB: I rated this 9.9 just to differentiate it from the sheer cacophony of flavour in the G-Max. In comparison, the 17' Absterde's a little closed atm. But still... Great stuff. Really great stuff.
— a day ago

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Rödelseer Küchenmeister trocken Riesling 2015

Lyle Fass

I just love this wine. Riper nose than 16, but wonderful with yellow plum, grapefruit, ripe peach, herbs and minerals. Lovely and shows a hint of age. Palate is round and fresh with great acidity and freshness. Complex and juicy with more acidity than the nose lets on. Long and very mineral finish but also fruit. Really great. — 2 days ago

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Alsace Riesling 2015

It would be unwise to underestimate the quality and complexity of Trimbach’s entry level wines, particularly the Riesling. Racy salt-preserved lemon, Granny Smith apple, orchard blossoms, ginger and shimmering minerality are what define this wine in addition to its petrol-forward personality. What it might lack in textural richness it more than compensates for with lovely freshness and kinetic energy on the palate. Outstanding vintage. (Kittens not included) — 11 days ago

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