Posts Written OnJanuary 10, 2005

Tasting Notes: Dr. Pauly Berweiler Bernkastler alte Badstube am Doctorbert 2002 Riesling Kabinett (Germany)

I tried to find some background information on this German Riesling, but I wasn’t able to find much beyond what had to say: "Dr. Pauly’s Riesling displays his typical intense-lime fruit with a vibrant, aromatic character and a clean, pure and crisp finish." I’m not sure where they got their notes, but I think maybe we were drinking different wines. Maybe this is a case of mistaken identity…or a perfect example of how some wine notes are complete and utter garbage.

Intersate Wine Shipments…

For a while now, I’ve been meaning to write a post about interstate wine shipments, those that still fight to continue the ban and why. Well, Tom Wark of Fermentations did such a great job with his post about it that I’m not going to even try to do a better job. It’s an absolutely great piece…and well worth the read (it’s longer than the average blog post). Well done, Tom. If you’d like more information, check out Free the Grapes.

Tasting Notes: 2002 Spencer Roloson Madder Lake Vineyard Tempranillo

Before opening Spencer Roloson’s 2002 Tempranillo last night, Nena and I had tasted both their Palaterra blend and their Viognier…with mixed results. We really liked the blend a lot, especially for $16…but  the Viognier a bit unbalanced and "hot" at the end. Tempranillo is another varietal (like Viognier) that I’d like to learn a lot more about. Sure, I’ve had some Riojas (which are mad with this grape) and I even had a couple Tempranillos while at dinner with Pam and Randy in Pittsburgh (at SiBA Cucina), but I really didn’t (and still don’t) know a ton about them. The…