2008 Max Wagner Kabinett Riesling

I got out of my writing routine the last couple weeks though I've been putting the wine away.  My ipad that I used to photograph the wine bottles died (KBK -- killed by kitty; long story) and it's taken me a while to wrap my head around using the new iphone to do it.

Anyway, to kickstart me back, a 2008 Max Wagner Mosel Kabinett riesling.  I think I've written this up a year or so ago.

Frankly, way too sweet for me without the notes to make the sweetness worthwhile.  Almost like drinking soda pop with a buzz.  Of course, I did knock off most of the bottle on the first evening, but it was with food.

If you like really sweet rieslings, this is very drinkable and the one for you.

2011 Domaine Jacob Bourgogne Aligoté

After 10 days of just drinking and not posting a 2011 Domaine Jacob aligoté from Ladoix-Serrigny in the Cote d'Or (missing hat on that -o-).

I really liked this white (although the back label says red wine) and downed it pretty much in one sitting.

I had never heard of aligoté before, so I looked it up on wikipedia.  Some interesting facts:  It's often used to make Crémant, the Burgundian version of champagne.  A kir cocktail is often made with this and cassis.

"In Burgundy, where it often loses land to more prestigious grape varieties, Aligoté is often planted only in the poorer vineyard sites at the tops and bottoms of the slopes. This variety is more tolerant to the cold. The grape ripens early with moderate yields and produces wines high in acidity that can be drunk young. "

I would agree with the statement on wikipedia that it has "a slightly herbal flavour and rather higher acidity than Chardonnay".  All in all I liked it and would make it one of my regular whites.

3 Whites

Three whites to race through and get caught up on my reviewing.

First is a 2011 Le Seudiero generic white from Pocapaglia in Piedmont.  It's been long enough that I don't remember much about it, but a nice all around white, good for chicken or cream sauced pasta or just about any summer dish (maybe not steaks on the grill).

Second is a 2010 Mutt Lynch sauvignon blanc from Livermore, CA.  I like sauvignon blancs, but I thought this one was a little thin and one dimensional and too sweet for the lack of well-rounded notes.  I drank it all over a couple nights.  It almost seemed a little better the second night after it had opened up.

Last, a 2008 Azienda Agricola Monte del Fra Ca del Magro Custoza Superiore.  No idea what most of that means.  This comes from Sommacompagna near Verona in the Veneto.  This was my favorite of the three:  nice citrus flavors, well rounded, not too sweet.  A great summer wine for just about any summertime meal.