'Eroica', Chateau St Michelle & Dr Loosen, Columbia Valley, Washington State, USA - 2008
A straightforward fresh summery citrus Riesling, showing the charm of the grape when young.
'The Contours', Pewsey Vale, Adelaide Hills, Australia - 2005
And a total contrast - the bouquet had that powerful blast of petrol and burnt rubber that an older Riesling can develop as it matures. This is an old vineyard (a century and a half before this was made) and they won't release the wine till it's gone 5 years old.
Munsterer Rheinberg, Kabinett Halbtrocken, Weingut Goettelmann, Nahe, Germany - 2005
An unctuous apparent sweetness that belies the fact that it's almost dry. At 12.5%, it's also very strong by German standards.
Grand Cru Schlossberg, Albert Mann, Wettolsheim, Alsace, France - 2004
Oh come here and be my friend. An absolutely classic Alsation Riesling - this couldn't be from anywhere else, it's closer to the Alsatian Gewurtz than it is to Riesling from elsewhere.
Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques, Vielles Vignes, Domaine Fourrier, Burgundy, France - 2000
This may be a classic GC - but a bit disappointing. And with a current market price well into 3 figures, grossly overpriced.
Cuvaison Winery, Carneros, California, USA - 2007
Fruitier than I would normally go for in a Pinot Noir, but still nice, and much better value for money than the previous wine.
'Peter Max', Crystallum, Elgin Bay, Western Cape, South Africa - 2008
About 50% more expensive than the Californian, but probably about the same as far as enjoyment is concerned.
Saint Clair 'Strip Block 15' Pioneer's Block, Marlborough, NZ
Personally, I reckon the Kiwis are making the best PNs I'm tasting, and St Clair are one of the great makers. I definitely prefer this to the Gevrey, and at a tenth of the price, it is vastly better value.