We drink these wines, and then I wait for a random period before I post about them, so the reviews may not be very useful.
But a few white wine notes:
Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2009. DOC Alto Aldige. 13.5%/$16.95. Generous nose with ripe bosc pear [not “bosc bear” as I originally typed], hint of minerality, classic wet stone, hint of yeast/biscuit/wet wood. Dry, with med+ acid and body, slightly bitter after-taste typical of PG. Richer than 2008, which we also liked. This has more character than the same producer’s Chardonnay from the same region, which may be more widely available.
Jean-Michel Sorbe Blanc, AOC Reuilly/ 12.5%/$17.95. Very attractive Loire Sauvignon Blanc. Yellow peach, floral, perfume, powdery, grassy, hint of wet stone; good follow-through to palate.
Domaines Schlumberger “Les Princes Abbées” Pinot Gris 2007 AOC Alsace. 13.5%/$19.95. Lovely fruit on nose – fresh pear, spice, lanolin, vanilla cream, durian (?), dried apricot, toast/oak. Fruit driven but has some complexity. Barely dry, med+ acid and body. Good balance.
Moltès Gaetzbrunner Riesling Terroir 2006 AOC Alsace. 13%/$19.95 on sale for $17.10. Yeast, honey, kumquat and apricots, tropical fruits. Yeast and “tropicality” in balance. Dry but not very dry. Med+ acid and body in balance.
Surani Pietrariccia Fiano 2008 IGT Salento. 13.5%/$16.95. Lemon, minerality, lees, subtle tropicality/spiciness. Dry, med+ acid and body. Richness balanced with freshness.