The Prinz Von Hessen Riesling Kabinet, Royal, Johannisberg im Rheingau 2012 ($25) shows again that the best wine bargains by far come from the deeply unfashionable Riesling regions of Alsace and Germany. They make very distinct styles of wine, the German being delicate and elegant, the Alsatian more robust. These German characteristics are glorious display in the Prinz von Hessen – it’s vibrant, and glows with a steely, fresh-fruit-infused intensity.Your Thoughts
And, no, it wasn’t one of the widely, and wildly, celebrated Montrachets, but a stunning Corton Charlemagne 2007 from Bouchard. Concentrated and amazingly intense, big enough to stand up to a steak, which is how I first encountered it, in Biarritz, many years ago. Thank you Denis!Your Thoughts
This cuvée, the 2005 Blanc de Blanc Premier Cru, Le Mont Aimé, was meaty and substantial, yet the chardonnay danced across my tongue with a precise and captivating delicacy. A perfectly aged, fully mature Champagne.Your Thoughts
It’s becoming a real trend, un-oaked Chard, I mean. If you number yourself among the growing number of wine drinkers moving away from creamy, oaky Chardonnay towards learner, more restrained versions, check out this very palatable, and moderately priced effort, the Four Vines Naked Chardonnay 2011. At just $12 it’s a super wine, showing lots of lovely ripe fruit, balanced by cleansing, green-apple crispness.Your Thoughts
Tin Roof Cellars Chardonnay and Backhouse Chardonnay, both 2012, and just $10 & $8 respectively. Both are lean and crisp, no creamy oak-juice here, and perfect for casual summer drinking, or poolside party sipping.Your Thoughts
Duck and Pinot is one of those wine-and-food combinations that makes this earthly struggle seem worthwhile. Or that was my feeling last night when I sipped the Etude Heirloom Carneros Pinot Noir 2002, while savoring duck breasts in an Amarena cherry sauce.
The Pinot was brimming with red cherry flavors, as much good Pinot does, and paired perfectly with the rich, slightly gamy duck.