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Three Wines With Some Age

I decided to switch it up this weekend. I apologize for the thin Richter tasting note but I have minimal experience with German wines.

1989 Max. Ferd. Richter, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer – $32
Although the family has been producing wine for more than 300 years, they only started buying parcels in Wehlener Sonnenuhr in 1972. Wehlener Sonnenuhr was registered in 1913 as a 10 ha site but has now grown to 65 ha. This bottle came, via the store, from the winery cellar. Beautifully smelling cork came out in one solid piece. Yellow with the tiniest touch of amber, very vibrant in the glass. Light to medium nose of riesling, slightly sweet, lovely to smell. An initial offering of good fruit and acidity then the flavors and vibrancy drop off. A long lasting, pleasant aftertaste then takes hold.

1995 Seven Hills, Seven Hills Vineyard, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley – $16
Seven Hills Winery started off in Oregon but recently moved several miles to Washington. The Seven Hills Vineyard is located in Oregon and on this bottle the wine labeled as from Oregon. Between 1980 and 1986 24 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were planted. The vines are “own rooted.”
It is a very opaque garnet in the glass. Dark berries, chocolate, and a burnt-roasted aroma become sweeter with air. In the mouth there are black cherries, a slight burnt/roasted flavor to this savory, almost salty wine. The flavors are short and the finish fades away quickly. The remains of the bottle did not survive to the second day. This is certainly worth a try if you want to sample inexpensive, aged NW merlot.

1999 Cristom, Mt. Jefferson Cuvee, Pinot Noir, Willamete Valley – $20
I don’t have any details for this wine (is it mostly from Eola Hills?). In the glass it was garnet, dark, slightly opaque. A nose of scortched earth and a stale tobacco ash that developed with air. On the second day the stale tobacco ash had subsided. Dark berry fruit that quickly fades off leaving a subtle, juicy fruit after taste. There are the slight remnants of tannin. This held up well on the second day. A bit lean on the fruit so perhaps best to spend your money on a different Cristom.


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  1. August 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

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