First bottle for new year at Frog Hollow 1/7/19 after weeks of no or Kirkland wines. What a relief and a stunner of mature Auslese. Golden honey color and explosion of floral and petrol acidic notes and stones with rich unctuous palate that's so balanced and long complex finish. So yummy didn't want to mix with food. — 3 years ago
Chilled a little over cellar temperature, notes forthcoming...
Nose has insane qualities, not sure I've ever experienced a Riesling like this, beeswax, grapefruit pith, fresh cut white grapefruit, freshly cut spring hay and faint wet limestone.
Palate is restrained, yet screaming acidity, pulverized SweeTARTS, honey poured over citrus pith, limestone dust and faint white flowers.
Holy crap this is good!
Bocksbeutel with a glass stopper, unique closure for the classic Franconia bottle. — 3 years ago
This is wild. Incredibly deep fruit with a beautifully bracing acidity. Pure fruit with all kinds of succulent detail- yellow flowers, peaches, slate, salt and white pepper. Big fruit but above all a searing intensity matched with a similar acidic structure. This has soaring flavor. We’ve had some great wines tonight but this stands on the shoulders of others- what an incredible intensity of flavor and sooo lifted. Exceptional. — 3 years ago
2017 vintage. Pure honey and white flowers on the nose. Nectarine, honey, honeydew melon, honeysuckle, jasmine tea, poached pear, sweet apple, Rainier cherry, candied lemon. Lots of complexity and long finish. Weight and sweetness suggest more of a Spätlese profile. — 4 years ago
Better late than never, so... Happy New Year, Delectable 🎉🍾 To another year of great wines!
My NYE wine and what better wine to cap off the year than one I poked my nose in. The 2017 Hubacker is a real stunner. Power without weight! It's a term I certainly overuse, but I think the best wines all have this trait. Powerful, very ripe, and exotic, yet never tiresome with every sip. The finish is tart, zesty, and sappy. It doesn't quite have the laser precision, but the acidity's still very intense, just rounder. With air, more spice components appear on the palate and the stoney minerality appears to be clearer. It's so young - even after 3 days, none of that intense fruit has shed away. A great wine in the making!
The sheer presence of this wine reminds me of KP's older style. But this still feels like KP 2.0, especially in that finish and texture (it isn't quite as weighty as before). Doesn't matter, I love both styles.
Really happy to be sharing this wine with my loved ones. 2017 was tough on Hubacker. Picking it was a race against time. Disease pressure was high. Hail had damaged the grape skins earlier and there was a decent amount of rain during harvest. But KP's just a master act - his timing's impeccable, balancing the payoff between ripeness and rot. — 3 years ago
The 2015 Winnings Riesling shows a golden tint in the glass and a nose worth inhaling for. It's austere, with huge slate notes backed by hints of petrol that are starting to show and a whiff of citrus zest to finish off the scent. The palate is smart and savory, with a sedate acidity softened by the almost creamy mouthfeel. The finish stays long and leaves tangerine notes to remind the sipper of the pleasure. — 4 years ago