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Fruits and Minerals

February 16, 2009

Leitz Riesling Rudesheimer Klosterlay Kabinett, Rheingau, 2007: ~$15US:

My second bottle of this wickedly delicious fruit dart. I can’t imagine a cleaner, fresher expression of tropical fruits (lime, pineapple, mango, guava) in liquid form. I love the lean back, open wide and get-rocked character. The soil seems to be speaking a little more than last time though, which is fine by me – bringing a Pixie-sticks-meet-chalk finish. This just screams value.

Russiz Superior Pinot Bianco, Collio, 2006 ~$US20:

Another big winner here, but it started out a really lean and shy –  too much of a chill on. Once it got closer to room temperature, beautiful, ethereal and sexy aromas just poured out of the glass. Strawberry shortcake, with some fresh peaches in the mix – close my eyes, and this could have been a great Pinot Noir on the nose. Eucalyptus, roses, lemon tart, brambles – I could smell this for hours and got just as much pleasure by putting my nose into the glass as I did actually drinking the stuff…wierd.

Rich in color and on the palate, but not heavy or tiring. A mineral vein and acidic structure really kept this wine tight and focused. Finished long with dried flowers more strawberry patch.  It was great with pasta with a ricotta, pea and jowl bacon sauce – I think this would’ve been even better with buttery fish or crustaceans.

Both, serious wines – the Pinot Bianco more of a sipper and thinker, the Riesling an all out assault.

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