TN: Alto Adige, Kremstal, Sancerre (pink), Rioja (cheap white) , Kremstal

Nothing says oysters like Sylvaner. Ok, so that’s not true, but I was shu cking a dozen and had a bottle of the 2012 Kofererhof Sylvaner that I wante d to try. Full, dry, nice white fruits with floral accents, a deep mineral streak. Mountain wines and raw bar, whoodathunk. B+
Dinner was grilled teriyaki salmon, kohlrabi and carrots (from a pressure c ooker with sauce from the chicken/figs recipe of previous night), and grill ed caprese salad. The 2011 Terre Nere Etna (rosso) was just what I needed- bright red fruit, good acids, nice herby notes. Nice finish, I generally li ke this entry wine more than some of their more expensive reds. B+/B
Saturday was pork chops, corn, squash with za’atar, and a mizuna salad wi th radish and avocado. Pork chops were in a white wine marinade, using the 2011 Zauzo Gaston Rioja. Hard plastic cork, and lots of reduction at openi ng. Tasted later, cleaner, a simple fruity wine, but who’s complaining at $7. C+/B-
Dinner wine was the 2012 Dauny “Pynoz” Sancerre rose. Cherry and strawb erry, straightforward, new producer to me that I had hoped to be a bit more excited by. B-
Yesterday afternoon Betsy and 2 friends went to a ziker in the city, by job was to have dinner ready when they returned: grilled chicken wings, in a p air of sauces- a garam masala butter sauce, and a miso sauce. There was als o salad, rice with furikake and nori, and green beans sauteed in duck fat. Rose with the miso wings was decent match, with the garam masala wings I pr eferred the 2008 Nigl “Privat” Riesling. Very full-bodied, ripe apples , lemon, ginger, minerals. Steely acids backbone, long. Wish this wasn’t my only bottle. A-
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 pa rty where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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DaleW wrote in news: snipped-for-privacy@googlegroups.com:
Zuazo Gastn, probably. That's a run of the mill wine that incidentally, is available by the glass in the wine bar around the (my) corner. You get a glass of this for 2 euro, so my guess is that the bottle costs 2 euro at a cash & carry discount store for professionals. My point is that this is not the greatest wine they produce in Rioja.
Quite the contrary, I had a glass of Herencia Remondo "La Montesa" 2010 which is on top of the game for a Rioja Crianza coming from Rioja Baja (that means, mostly grenache). That's a 10 euro /bottle full retail here, and a wine worth looking for.
The 2009 version was also very good (fruitier and bolder), but this 2010 oozes class. That's also the case with its bigger brother "Propiedad Herencia Remondo 2010". With the comeback of Alvaro Palacios to the family winery, the Grenache is starting to sing.
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ht be the greatest wine produced in Rioja. :) I actually thought the Zuazo Gaston red was a pretty decent wine a couple y ears ago. It was about $8, and there are few reds I find drinkable at that price- it joined a small club of things like La Vieille Ferme, Iche Les Her etiques, etc. Not compelling, but certainly drinkable.
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Doesn't look the the 2010 is available in US, I see the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2 011 at about $15. Will try a '07 or '09 if I have an order to one of those stores.
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2009 is a very good vintage for Montesa also. That's what I would order (actually, I drank several bottles of this wine and have a few more for the next few year).
2009 has more "meat" than 2010, which is more floral instead. Both very good wines IMHO.
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