TN: 2004 Nigl GV and 1998 Fronsac


Betsy played matinee Sat, but had evening off; I shopped for dinner while she worked. I got some king crab legs as an appetizer, and served them warm with melted butter. Wine was the 2004 Nigl Kremser Freiheit Gruner Veltliner. Big step back in the right direction after the 2003 (which seemed more about 2003 than about Nigl or GV), with a nose of English peas and a hint of pepper. This one has has citrusy (lemon-grapefruit) flavors on the palate, good acidity, and a nice stony edge to the finish. Not profound GV, but a good deal at $13, think this is a vintage to try the Privat. B+/B
For the main course I had marinated butterflied leg of lamb in garlic, rosemary, and thyme; I grilled the lamb as well as some yellow squash. Wine was the 1998 La Vieille Cure (Fronsac) from a half-bottle. Fairly mature nose, some flowers and earth over aromas of crushed raspberries. On the palate it's darker, with rich black plum fruit. This is a medium-bodied Bordeaux, not especially complex but with air there are some hints of vanilla, spice, and dead leaves.Nice ready to go Right Banker (at least in 375), and very enjoyable. B+
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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DaleW

Dale, We recently tried this wine, too, probably from the same source as yours. For the price, it's a mighty fine GV, but it might be interesting to put it up against the intro offering (Gobelsburger?) from Schloss Gobelsburg. Sitting in the cellar I now have some '04 Knoll Federspiel, but that's at a very different price point.
Mark Lipton
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Mark Lipton

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