a few foreign whites


Robert Mondavi's 1999 Napa Valley, Botrytis Sauvignon BlancOkay – I know that this is is the ‘big red diary’ and that these are whites, but nothing in this page’s title says where the wines have to come from…

We’ve had a few sweltering days – really the first of the summer – and given that my last bottle of Deiss 97 Riesling St.Hyppolite was so good, for sipping under the sun umbrella I decided to pull out a few of these whites from (mainly) a little closer to home; Seppi Landmann 06 Pinot Gris, Bott-Geyl 02 GC Riesling Schönenberg, Bott-Geyl 02 GC Riesling Mandelberg and Josmeyer 00 GC Riesling Brand. The first was lovely, soft easy drinking, the second bigger and fatter, the third had more acidity and the last was rounder. Good stuff.

I should also mention one (half) bottle of great stuff that I opened at the weekend, and what do you know, it’s an Americano! Elsewhere, and quite some time ago, I wrote this:

So now that we’re well into 2004 I can announce my wine of the year – so far anyway – better than the 1983 Yquem I had in October (what a heathen!), superb depth on the nose, long and lingering. Ladies and Gentlemen; I give you Robert Mondavi’s 1999 Napa Valley, Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc. A wine with a finish even longer than its name!! – 28.feb.04, bill.n

All I can say is that it is just ‘humming’ now – nothing prepares you for the perfect, clear as a bell, raspberry note on the palate – ultra-yum. Such a shame that only one of the orginal 6 now survive.

So, sorry for the diversion, but I expect ‘normal’ service should be resumed over the weekend – particularly as rain is forecast…!

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 2 responses to “a few foreign whites”

  1. Ray Walker20th June 2009 at 1:25 amPermalinkReply

    Did someone steal Bill N? Seriously, that Mondavi Late Harvest SB sounds pretty nice. How was the acid and weight on it?

  2. billn20th June 2009 at 9:16 amPermalinkReply

    Good balance Ray – I particularly like this because it doesn’t have that volatile note you get on Yquem/white Graves that always smells like paint-stripper to me…

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