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!