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Added Aug 13, 2008 at 12:00amerroneous review
May 5, 2009 at 3:41pm
Added May 5, 2009 at 3:39pmWas this wine used in a Bourguignon? It's not red. A possible identity mixup? Also the price listed is about 10 times the ex-domain price, giving more credence to this supposition.
May 5, 2009 at 3:37pm
Added May 5, 2009 at 3:37pmPurchased at Weinhaus Porn, Bernkastel. Awkward and lacking life; undoubtedly enjoyed at the wrong time.
Apr 10, 2009 at 3:01pm
Kerpen Wehl Sonn Kab 2007Compare and Buy
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Added Mar 26, 2009 at 6:16pm3/26/2009: 2007 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese * and Auslese *** Auction - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (3/25/2009) TN:2007 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese * Auction (Versteigerungswein) Bernkasteler Ring Auction 2008 AP 2 576562 18 08; 9.0 pabv. Imported via Ewald Moseler Selections/Mitchell Wines, Portland, OR. Estimated costs: 6 bottles @ € 9.5 (US $14.25) plus US $4.26 (exchange fees and shipping)= $18.51 plus $4.00 per bottle UPS fees $18.51 wholesale; $27.77/750 ml estimated retail value at 33.3 percent markup on selling cost 120x 750 ml bottles produced; 6 bottles thought to be imported into the United States. Moderately strong straw-green (chlorophyll-like) like most Kerpen wines of this style. Mint, lavender, baby powder, spun sugar, transparent apple, hint of unleavened bread on the nose. Very firm acids on entry with a delicate floral impression; lissome body; sugar almost hidden under the acid but there's plenty of residual there, I think. Lime and a little peach on the finish. This wine is still a little rustic and has a touch of roughness, but will come together, I believe, with a little more time. Plenty of flavor and plenty of complexity and stylishness. 89-91/100. Note that these wines were perforce tasted within a week of shipping receipt, so this is a conservative score. By the third day a pleasant and promising hint of Prüm-like yeastiness and a nice vibrancy and integration, playing off the lime and lime-peel, have started to show. TN:2007 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese *** Auction (Versteigerungswein) Bernkasteler Ring Auction 2008. AP 2 576562 24 08; 8.5 pabv; imported via Ewald Moseler Selections/Mitchell Wines, Portland, OR. Estimated Costs 6x 375 ml bottles purchased @ €14.00 (US $21.00each) plus US $4.26 (exchange fees and shipping)= $25.26 plus $4.00 per bottle UPS fees. $25.26 wholesale; $37.89 retail value at 33.3 percent markup on selling cost. 60 x 375 ml produced; 6 x 375 ml thought to have been imported into the United States Color may even be a little lighter than the Spätlese, but the same shade of green; heavier-bodied, of course. Strong unleavened bread scent, with honey, peach and mango; has a decided yeast note. Plenty of honey and soaring acid on entry; some citrus on the mid-palate; fairly well integrated for such a powerful wine. Enough botrytis to have been called a Beerenauslese, but not as sweet and sticky as would earn that title. The numbers are there, though, I'd bet. So is plenty of deftness on its feet for such a big wine. Very long finish that summarizes all of the above, with predominating honey and tartness. Needs some time to be adequately judged. 90-92/100. This is again a tasting within the first week after arrival, and so conservative. On the third day, the reductive yeast notes and the honey/apricot scents have melded to create something finer than at first. The acids and the sweetness are firm but balanced, and a neat bitter lime-peel sneaks in to the finish to bring about better integration. Both of these will be stunning beauties at the price I paid for them--about $22.50 and $43.90 INCLUDING SHIPPING, respectively.
Apr 10, 2009 at 2:58pm
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Added Dec 29, 2006 at 12:00amTN: Fonseca Vintage Porto 1992 , bottled in 1994. imported by Kobrand, Inc. 20.5 percent abv. Don't remember where I got this or what I paid for it. I think it was Cost Plus Wine Warehouse at Eastern Market, Detroit, and a good value. It's been in my passive cellar ever since it was purchased on release. Couldn’t resist a second bottle of VP for Christmas celebrations. Opened this after the 1985 Taylor that I also reported on here. Fonseca-Guimaraens didn't make a 1991 Fonseca VP, to my understanding, but just made their second wine: Fonseca-Guimaraens. Others declared a 1991 but not a 1992--this probably could have been a consecutive declaration if that wasn't against the traditions of the trade, as I believe both vintages were of very high quality in general. Confusingly, the label changed for this vintage, looking more like the label of Fonseca-Guimaraens, and the name is readily seen at the top of the label. It's a label much like what you see on their Bin 27. I haven't tasted this wine yet, and so figured at nearly 15 years it's time to pop one. ________ Cork transects horizontally and is dealt with by pushing parts of it into the bottle, removed by subsequent straining. [Sometimes I use a garden-variety port funnel for this task and other times use a funnel that Starbucks sells as a coffee-filter, which is a bit finer and works equally well with more surface area available.] Opened December 25, 2006 (Monday). Double-decanted; good amounts of rather muddy crust. Dark blackish-purple with a slight fading at the very edge, with plenty of sheeting. Upon opening the nose is so dense that it would be impossible to write a note, except to say it is intensely plummy, hitting mostly bass notes on the register, unlike, say, Taylor, which gets up way into the treble. I'd have to say that this wine SMELLS dark purple, if that makes any sense. At 24 hours, color is similar. But the nose has started to develop: it is powerfully plummy and figgy, with a hint of vanilla (probably from the cask aging). and a lttle glossy plastic. There is some leather and some liquorice, and a suggestion of smoke. If Taylor tastes to me in many ways like a Cabernet Sauvignon-rich Medoc, this gives a suggestion of a Merlot-dominated Right Bank wine. The empty glass gives off a sweet herbaceousness, a bit similar to ripe tomatoes. A 'rich' port, rich and with lots of stuff going on beneath the surface, with firm acidity and firm, abundant, ripe tannins There's an energetic, stony, lengthy finish, with all of the scent components echoed. However, I think the finish has a way to go yet, and I'm expecting more expressiveness at 48 hours and even beyond. On Wednesday 12/27 the edge colors have become greener and the aromas more searching. The nose has taken on lots of depth, with the above notes plus some definite cigar box and caramel notes. Plums or prunes still are the most prominent, but are becoming integrated with the other sensations. The high notes are there, but are quite ethereal. Caramel and cigar-box dominate the palate, with a touch of tannin, and the finish is still very long and dynamic, with a touch of herbaceousness. I'd call this one at about 94-96/100, but there's more development to come, I think. Thursday 12/28 shows a wine with integrated fig and plum, with herbaceous notes predominating: chocolate and cigarbox, with perhaps a touch of weediness, not at all unpleasant, in a caramel envelope. Seems to be about at maximum depth right now. Anise is now reappearing as an entry note, with the rest of the flavors now harmoniously integrated; tannin is very gentle. A solid 94, with some upside possibilities for later bottles. Now on Friday the 29th, the fruit has died down enough so there's a nice note of lead pencil there.
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Added Apr 4, 2008 at 12:00amTN: Joh. Jos. Prüm 2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (white capsule), AP 2 576 511 28 02; $32/750 ml, Village Corner, Ann Arbor, MI; 7.5 pabv; Rudi Wiest Cellars International, Carlsbad CA. As is usual, plenty of different AP numbers for these; one other I remember seeing is 19-02.Found a bottle with a slightly protruding capsule; as I didn't remember seeing this before, I thought this would be a good bottle to either enhance or reduce the worries about the 2001 Auslesen.The cork was protruding about 2 mm. Not the best of corks--it was so jammed into the bottle that it needed an Ah-So to remove it.Does Manfred really use them this short?Polished gold. Plenty of spritz.Opens with typical Prüm yeast stink, but that's nearly gone by the time I decant. Clover flower and honey. with a little lanolin underneath, and springwater running over stone. Later I notice how amazing the empty glass smells--a mile deep and very complex; with the dominating note cigar smoke.Big, powerful, fully-extracted, with pointed white-wine tannins giving plenty of texture to the mouth, added to the tingly minerality. On the other hand, has plenty of definition as well. Has great impact on the mid-palate. Honey and tangerine of a great vintage; at present most of the the bee products are hid, except the honey. A rich Auslese in style, especially for a white cap, with very ripe acidity. Extremely long, with a superb, etched, orangeaid-like finish, with a hint of tobacco smoke and suggestions of high-toned sesquiterpenes, like a clean pininess.Surprisingly, still extremely young-seeming, and an enormously pleasurable drink, something you don't expect at seven years with these wines. But don't use me as an excuse to commit infanticide among your Prüm 2001 Auslesen. 96/100.For reference, here's what this wine tasted like shortly after release in April 2003, five years ago, to German wine aficionado John Trombley:Has a nicely polished warm, anodized gold color.Sweet grass, lime, thyme, peach, with spring airs of clover flower. The palate is crisp, ripe, and balanced between tartrate and malate Crisp and honied, with a military, almost martial air; a Chambertin of a Riesling, perhaps 4-5 percent fruit sugar, glucose, and glycerin. This gives moderately sweet Auslese material; this will be a fairly dry Auslese selection as time goes on.Plenty of lees aging as is typical for this producer, giving a distinct, sulfurous wet wool impression that demands integration over time for best results. As this wine should be purchased for cellaring, this does not present a problem for those who know them or who are willing to find out how they behave with bottle age. 96/100: it’s difficult to understand how the Spectator gives this wine less than it give the Himmelreich Auslese, except for relative ignorance in the case of German wine.Happy I have more of this, and a few Goldkaps, too.__________________