Battenfeld-Spanier Hohen-Sulzen Riesling Trocken 2009
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The Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas is a blend of four estate-grown Rhône varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Counoise and Mourvèdre. Like most wines of the Southern Rhône, it is a blend of varietals, featuring the fruit and spice of Grenache balanced by the spice and mineral of Syrah, the appealing briary wildness of Counoise, and the structure of Mourvèdre. The 2009 Côtes de Tablas shows a rich, minty nose with dark chocolate, cherry, leather, licorice and crushed rock. The mouth explodes with dark cherry, with nice chalky Grenache tannins giving firmness. The very long finish lingers with flavors of licorice, spice and cherry liqueur. Our most concentrated Cotes de Tablas ever; it should drink well young but also cellar happily for a decade. Food Pairings: Grilled steaks, pastas with meat sauces, rich beef stews, spicy sausages.
Reviews & Rankings
from Snooth members
Wine Spectator: 93 points
Stephen Tanzer: 91 points
Robert Parker: 90 points
by Critic Ratings on 27-04-2015
Società Agricola Montalbera S.r.l. - via Montalbera, 1 - 14030 Castagnole Monferrato (At) ITALY - [email protected]
£14.22 2011 Quite light. Not very serious since it starts out being very fruity. But then it moves on to give that classic Piedmont depth; this is true especially after its left open for a while/day. Overall its too (in a strange way) fruity for me. Perhaps the 2 rating is a bit harsh but not by much; I think I can find much better.
by RichAd on 31-10-2013
This wine was made under the supervision of Harald Junglen of Weingut Ackermann. He has been making Riesling in the middle Mosel for years, and Weingut Ackermann is a family-owned winery for many generations.
With Harald's guidance and expertise, wine maker Barnaby Tuttle was able to capture the true style and essence of a German Riesling. Even though the fruit was grown in clay, and not slate- this Riesling has that petrol quality on the nose and lively tart zing with the right amount of residual sugar to balance it out.
This '09 Riesling was listed as NW Palate's Magazine top wines for 2010.
by Honey Slug on 12-11-2010
Very Pale green color, kabinet-ish smell and mouthfeel. Kaffir Lime, Asian Pear, and even some rockiness and wet pavement in the finish... How can this be new world Riesling? Its too good!
by matukajoe on 12-11-2010