Another tasting day at the Boku Heim. We bought some interesting white wines from Austria. Check out the tasting notes as these wines are really good value for money. Maybe your Christmas carp (or any other fish) is happy with one of those!
1. Leithaberg Weiss 2007 from Weingut Liegenfeld - good/very good - €7,99 Merkur (reduced price)
fresh lemon and lime flavors, nutty burgundy touch, bit buttery on the palate like partly MLF, multilayered, good acid structure, good length.
2. Grüner Veltliner Wieden Kremstal DAC 2007 from Weingut Salomon - good -€9,94 Wein&Co (20% reduced price)
typical GV, spicy, good acid structure, hints of ripe yellow apples and grapefruit, lemon/lime flavors, exotic touch, good length.
3. Sauvignon Blanc Steirische Klassik 2007 from Weingut Polz - very good/delicious - €12,94 Wein&Co (20% reduced price)
exotic, lychee, gooseberry and nettle flavors, complex, bell pepper, good acid structure, same flavors on the palate, is showing minerality too, dry, good length.
Just do give this tasting a red counterweight ..
4. Pinot Noir Kreideberg 2006 from Weingut Wagentristl - good/very good
quite dark colour for Pinot Noir, sour cherries, toasted oak, spicy, vanilla notes, smooth tannins, still very young, good balance and length, with potential.
This weekend Ulli and I had some Primeur wines from France, a wooded Cuvée from Austria and a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
1. Primeur Syrah 2008 Vin de Pays d´Oc from JeanJean - ok
light red color, purple hue, Schilcher like aromas, strawberry gum, on the palate acid driven, would be much better with more residual sugar.
2. Primeur Syrah 2008 Vin de Pays de Coteaux du Libron from Vignerons de la Mediterranee - ok
purple red hue, hints of violets, cherry yoghurt, flavors a little bit undefined, on the palate a bit unbalanced, light in style.
3. Cabernet Merlot Reserve Neckenmarkt 2006 from Wegenstein GmbH- ok
oak, oak, oak, fresh wood shavings, hints of vanilla, opens with more air, peppermint, just new barrel taste on the palate, oak not integrated at all, unbalanced.
All 3 wines about 4 Euros in retail.
4. Sauvignon Blanc Highfield 2006 from Highfield Estate, Marlborough/NZ - very good/delicious - €21,99
lychee and gooseberry power, exotic flavors on the nose, extremely broad aroma spectrum, green bell pepper, very versatile flavors, changing every minute with air, very good acid structure but balanced, great length.
Just read this months "A la Carte - Riesling tasting". The tasting crew sampled 228 wines from the vintage 2007.
There are a few funny things I would like to share ...
The author wrote in his article ...
"many wines did not show the typical varietal expression of stonefruits"
"Was das Problem bei sehr vielen Weinen war: Es fehlte einfach die klassische und beim Riesling so eindeutig erkenn- und zuordenbare Sortenfrucht nach Steinobst (Marille und Pfirsich). Trotz großzügiger Säureunterstützung fehlen vielen Weinen einfach Pfiff und Animo; Trinkfluss und Trinkfreude wollten sich partout nicht einstellen. Dazu kamen oft merklich unreif-grüne Elemente und auch deutlich erkennbare Gerbstoffnoten, die nicht einmal der manchmal großzügig bemessene (und deutlich schmeckbare) Zuckerrest überspielen konnte."
The funny thing is the description of the wines:
wines with "varietal fruit, stonefruit, Riesling nose" in the description: 73 from 122 wine (in the range from 94 to 88 pts).
16 wines were rated from 94 to 91 points and 43! gathered 90 pts. 43 wines at 90 points ... how do I decide what to buy??? (maybe the cheapest is a good option ;-)
94 to 91 pts = 7.01%
90 pts =18.86%
sum=53,5% of the wine are over 87 points and that is really exceptional!!
Last but not least ... my favorite sentence!!!
"...all wines were tasted blind. The best wines were tasted open to assure the rating"
I am proud to introduce the new wine rating system for the wines I/we are tasting.
The Boku Heim tasting crew agreed (after long discussions) on this new rating system inspired by the book of Dr. Tyler Colman (Wine politics, blog:Dr Vino's wine blog) and based on the rating system of Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher (columnists and bloggers for the Wall Street Journal; Wine Notes and Tastings; Columns & Blogs - Lifestyle - WSJ.com).
The advantage (for critics and consumers) of numbers is ... they are absolute! 93 points are better than 88 pts (on a scale from 0 to 100 ... in Austria more from 85 to 100).
On the other hand wine consumers (or every other person) are tending more to describe their percepted sensations with adjectives than numbers. Something is ugly, good, bad, delicious, crap, ... You don´t say your steak, your date or your wine was 88 ... The first decision is: was it GOOD or BAD.
The key of this problem is hidden in the definition of absolute:
absolute: a value or principle that is regarded as universally valid or that may be viewed without relation to other things
95 points are universally valid ... but just for the person who has tasted the wine.
without relation to other things ... what the heck ... first of all we are the other things and there is always a relation to us ... as well as the tasting environment, the food we eat with our wine, our mood ... everything influences our perceptions and therefore the very same wine tastes different on a terrace in Italy or 3 months later at home.
All this things made us think about to adopt a better system to express our perceptions of a certain wine. The rating system relies on adjectives rather than numbers and may vary on the same wine in different situations. (Nobody is perfect!)
These adjectives are:
The rating system
yech (speak: jek) - wines with winemaking related faults (cork taints and oxidation failures are excluded and stated as cork or ox)
ok - wines without faults but simple.
good - satisfactory wines which are showing nice flavors on the nose and the palate. Good value for money.
very good - wines are showing good expression of the variety with very typical aromas on the nose and the palate. Good value for money but definitely in a higher price range.
delicious - extremely good wines with great power, balance and length, with potential.
extraordinary - exceptional wines, perfectly balanced with great potential.
I arrived late at the "Falstaff Red Wine Feast" in the Grand Hotel Vienna ... chain of reasoning ... too many drunk people, too hot, too smoky, no real tasting possible and as every year the awkward - ridiculous speech of Dr. Romé. If one doesn´t know the winners of his own event, it is time to step down.
Alles im Blog ist die persönliche Meinung des Autors und der nimmt sich nicht das Recht heraus, die absolute Wahrheit zu kennen. Dieser Blog dient rein einem privaten Vergnügen ohne jeglichen finanziellen Hintergrund.
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