TN: Tuscan, Nahe, Pfalz


Saturday we took David to JFK (going to St Andrews for a college visit), then returned to Dobbs Ferry for dinner at the house of some friends. They had made a mild chicken curry, with condiments (nuts, coconut, chutneys, etc) on the side; first course was a poached pear with blue cheese salad. He had a bottle of red and a Riesling ready, I carried the same (we never opened my Morgon).
2003 Terrabianca Campaccio Though I've liked this wine a lot in previous vintages, I was a little sceptical tasting- would this be an example of the 2003 European curse? No, a pleasant surprise. Certainly a bit lusher/plusher than previous vintages (except maybe the '97), but still with clean bright acidity. Pretty cherry and red plum fruit, a little tobacco and cedar. Tannins are fine but a little out there at the moment, I'd give this one just a couple years in cellar. B+
2004 Theo Minges Gleisweiler Holle Riesling Kabinett (Pfalz) Not a producer I have heard of before. Not as sweet as some Pfalz kabinetts, brighter than I expected. Tropical (guava/mango) fruit with a squirt of lime, nice (true) Kabinett. B+/B
2005 Donnhoff Riesling QbA Tasty, but maybe not quite up to the level of some previous vintages of this. Certainly quite drinkable but not as zippy/vibrant as in past. Not a bad value, but for once I don't think I'll go back for more. 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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