Sunday, April 06, 2008
It went very well with fresh basil.
We wouldn't call it a classic Pinot Noir, but we enjoyed it: it's pleasant, not profound.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
- A little sweeter than we expected;
- Very nice;
- Would be good with Asian food, we suspect.
- A very typical Muller-Thurgau;
- Seemed extremely robust and flavorful after the light reception Riesling;
- Nice acidity;
- Well matched with the chicken appetizer (which our six-year-old daughter loved; we liked it, too!).
- Extra honeyness;
- Lots of lychee flavour;
- Very, very nice.
Entrée: Bison tenderloin with sun-dried tomato sauce, potato au gratin and seasonal vegetables
2003 Black Tower Pinot Noir/Dornfelder - Pfalz
2002 Selbach Riesling Spätlese - MSR
We may not have liked the soup, but we loved this fabulous entrée: tender, delicious, wonderful. Also very, very large.
As for the wine, first, the red:
- Light bouquet;
- Dark red in colour;
- Good tannin;
- Went very well with the bison.
- Also very nice;
- Went better with the sun-dried tomato glaze and vegetables than the bison.
2000 Dienhard Beerensauslese - Rheinhessen
The dessert was absolutely delicious; way too big after the giant appetizer and huge entree, but somehow we managed to choke it down.
As for the wine:
- Ed loved it;
- Margaret Anne said "I've had better";
- Burnt orange and honey flavours;
- As usual, we preferred the wine by itself rather as a match for the dessert.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
(My apology for the dreadful label photograph! Darn cellphone camera...)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Martinshof Heroldrebe Rose Trocken 2002
- Lovely pale coppery colour;
- Very dry;
- Diesel on the nose most prominent feature;
- After that, just sort of a generic wine;
- We didn't like it much.
(Heroldrebe, a varietal we hadn't run across before, is a cross between Portugieser and Blaufrankisch, and one of the parents of Dornfelder, with which we're quite familiar.)
Martinshof Riesling Trocken 2000
- Sparkling (which surprised us);
- Diesel nose (which didn't);
- A touch of sugar;
- A touch of fruit;
- Very refreshing.
Matched very successfully with Emmenthal Swiss, made from raw cow's milk, this one aged a minimum of twelve years; nutty, mild, only produced in the Emman valley in Switzerland
Martinshof Muller-Thurgau Halb-Trocken 2003
- Rather bland;
- No nose;
- Well-balanced but not a lot of fruit;
- Very generic.
Kindermanns Pinot Grigio 2003
- Wine is fairly dark;
- Not much nose;
- Still fairly bland;
- Not what we're looking for in a Pinot Grigio.
Served with Santa Lucia Pepato, creamy sheep's milk cheese with whole peppercorns in it--and once again, we thought the Riesling was the better match, cementing what we already knew: Riesling is, without a doubt, one of the most food-friendly of all wines.
Martinshof Kerner 2003 Spatlese
- Nice nose, quite floral;
- Nice balance;
- Sweeter, honeyish.
It was served with Applewood Smoked White Cheddar, and this was the best wine/cheese match of the evening--but just the same, the Riesling still worked well with it, the sparkle in it helping to cut through the cheese's creaminess and honey/smokey flavours (very much like bacon and maple syrup).
Martinshof Scheurebe 2003
- A bit more floral nose;
- Nice balance, tilted perhaps a bit more to acidity than some wines of the evening.
Served with Guinness White Cheddar, and it matched it well enough. The Kerner was also a nice match.
Martinshof Weisserburgunder Auslese 2001
- Nicely balanced;
- Nice touch of sugar;
- Lovely bouquet, a mixture of floral and honey (heavier on the honey).
It was matched with, and went well with, Onion Cheddar.
As always with the German Wine Society, it was a most pleasant evening.
And as for the photo up there...hey, if life hands you a fuzzy cellphone picture, make Impressionistic art!