A dry Pinot Blanc from the Dreissigacker winery, made for the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg. We bought this bottle there about a year ago and opened it today.
The colour is a pale light yellow. On the nose, fresh fruity notes of green apple and grapefruit. In addition, caramel and green herbs. The first impression is balanced. This Pinot Blanc is full-bodied with a creamy melt and crisp acidity. Then on the palate, the taste of grapefruit juice, sour and a bit bitter, again with herbal notes. Not surprising and probably “typical of the variety”. On the finish, however, the wine is a bit impetuous and slightly alcoholic for my taste.
On the nose, this Pinot Blanc edition from Dreissigacker for the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten undoubtedly promised more than it could deliver on the palate. Overall, certainly okay as a versatile food companion, but nothing special for wine lovers.
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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 23 July 2023.
86Wines that have a DM84 to DM86 rating are average on a fine wine level. That means the wines have been produced well, they have no apparent flaws or big imbalances that would put me off. On the other hand, they lack features that make them stand out in a positive way, such as a complex flavour profile or a very elegant tannin structure. Put differently, if offered a glass, I will gladly drink it. I might even have another one. Would I buy a bottle from this category for my own cellar? I might, yes. For example, wines with a DM84 to DM86 rating are usually not too demanding, so they can be a good fit for guests who are beginners to fine wine or very casual drinkers. In the WSET world, wines with a DM86 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 1.5 WSET score./ 100
2.0Wines with a 2.0 WSET rating are 'good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.0 usually get around 87 to 88 DM points./ 4.0
2Wines with a rating of 2 stars are well-made and of average quality relative to their peer group. Perfectly enjoyable and certainly not disappointing./ 5
Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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