Nigl Senftenberger Piri Riesling 2008
I bought this wine from Austria at the beginning of the year for something around 10-14 EUR, I cannot recall exactly.
The wine has a pale lemon color. The nose is very fresh, showing mineral aromas, oil and wet rocks mixed with lemon and grapefruit zest. In the mouth the wine is medium body with a very high and pleasant acidity, showing green apple and citric fruits. The finish is medium plus with a very distinctive bitterness in the aftertaste. When you make tea and add slices of lemon, the zest included, and leave it over night in a cup and taste it the next day, you notice a certain bitterness from the juice of the zest. This is exactly what this wine leaves in your mouth in the finish. And it persists for about 5-6 seconds easily. An interesting wine if you like lemon. For me a Good+ wine.
Madiran Laplace 2004
I received this wine as a sample from Le Manoir to taste it. Drank from a small 0.375 ml bottle. This is a blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Madiran is a region in the South of France where they use Tannat as the dominant grape to make red wine. Wines made from Tannat are usually pretty aggressive in their youth, not to mention the number of years they need to soften and become more approachable, but the wines can usually last for decades. It seems micro-oxygenation has helped this region a lot to make the wines approachable while still young. A little bit of oxygen added at different stages during vinification softens the Tannat. I confess I was expecting a monster of tannins to show up from this bottle.
The wine has a deep dark red color. The nose is pleasant with a touch of sweetness, showing plenty of spicy dark fruits. In the mouth the wine is not aggressive, this is very important to mention. The wine is medium body with a nice mouth feel, the tannins are there for sure, but they are round and soft already. There is a certain complexity in this wine showing a mix of spicy, leathery ripe blue and dark fruits: mulberries and cranberries. The wine finishes spicy with a medium aftertaste. Good+ and balanced wine. Usually wine matures quicker in small formats like this 0.375 ml bottle.
I had this wine paired with chicken and mashed potatoes with truffles and it was not the best pairing I have tried so far. I hope next time I do better.
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