Bernkasteler Kurfurstlay - Auslese 1992 Johann Brunner
1/96. I received this bottle as a present more than a year ago.
After reading an article in the Decanter magazine about German wines and their
suitability as food wine, we decided to give this bottle a try. We tasted this
bottle over two days with different kinds of food.
A DISCLAIMER: MY EXPERIENCE WITH GERMAN WINE IS VERY CLOSE TO ZILCH!
COLOR: Medium-deep yellow. Some viscosity is apparent just by looking.
NOSE: Profound - though not overwhelming - fruity grapes aroma. Though young,
the wine does not smell particularly fresh (as a dry Alsace Riesling would),
rather a rich and elegant scent. Very pleasant.
TASTE: Sweet! Perhaps a bit too sweet for me... Not as sweet as Sauternes or
SGNs of course, but definitely sweet. Still, a very smooth and uncloying
taste. Nothing heavy on the palate.
LENGTH: Medium-short uncomplicated aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Very light (8% alcohol), yet excellent balance and harmony.
No hints of tannins or 'closeness', and neither a great complexity. A touch of
acidity adds a fresh dimension to the sweetness. For my money, it could have
even more acidity.
OVERALL: An excellent wine, though more for a summer day outside with a bowel
of grapes than for winter dinners.
Compatibility with the food:
Salmon tartar - No.
Pasta with tomatoes, herbs and balsamico - No.
Herring in cream - No.
Gruyere cheese - So so.
Cauliflower souffle - Reasonable.
Chicken legs, baked in mustard and hot peppers - Excellent!
MARK: 17/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.