Hermitage 1997, Domaine du Colombier
A warm, peppery nose with some beetroot hints. Quite earthy, too. The palate is quite weighty, with plenty of mature fruit and reasonable acid levels. Not the most complex Hermitage I’ve had, but it seems like a good 1997.
Riesling Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Spatlese 2001, von Schubert
A very pure, lime fruit nose. It smells very focused. The palate has stunning amounts of acidity but has the ripeness to balance it. Very fresh and invigorating. This is really rather good, but I think it has a long way to go before maturity.