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A few quickies…

February 21, 2008

Heribert Kerpen Bernkasteler Bratenhöfchen Spätlese, 2006: CORKED! nasty..I’m starting to think Screwcaps for Rieslings are the way to go.

Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Klosterlay Kabinett, 2006: Lithe balance and upfront fruit character with green apple notes. Some interesting vegetable/herbal and mineral flavors offset the touch of sweetness. I’d love to try this in 5-7 years to see what happens. Killer deal if you can find it under $17.
Coume del Mas – Schistes, 2005: Exceptional value at $25… Tastes like a top-tier Priorat for 1/3 of the price. Herbs-du-provence, black fruits, and an oily glycerine finish that keeps going. Clever oaking and acidity give this great purity of fruit. A tad hot. This could improve for another 5 years in the cellar, but is drinking greak now.
Edit: Visited after 2 days (vac’d in a 1/2 bottle) to find the fruit still fresh, but alcohol really coming through in a disjointed way. I expected better integration, but no. Drink now.

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