Saturday, June 04, 2016

Wine into cheese.

Inspired perhaps by my recent purchase of a bottle of Blue Nun, Vinomaker disappeared into the bowels of Vinoland only to reappear with this litre bottle of Doktor Itschner, 1983 Liebfraumilch (Rheinhessen). Yet another gem from the remnants of his father's wine cellar - which surely must be reaching exhaustion by now.  (One can only pray.)  Older wines can be peculiar.
Recently I tasted an older red wine that brought to mind beetroots.  A winemaker (actually the winemaker at TWWIAGE) told me that the specific organic compound that causes wine to taste/smell like beetroots is a terpene called geosmin.  However, wine-fault aside, the wine still tasted like, y'know, wine. Unfortunately, this was not the case with the almost 33 year old Liebfraumilch.  No, it tasted like liquid cheese - yes, cheese.  There was not one clue that this liquid had ever been wine.  Not even the Madonna on the label could save the integrity of this aged wine.

5 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG: I've never had a Liebfraumilch; I'll have to "rectify" that!

James Higham said...

Prefer red myself but white is a good summer drink.

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Only if you like to live wine-dangerously...otherwise just spend your money on something you like.

JH: Absolutely, a nice crisp AlbariƱo, (even a Vinho Verde), goes down well on a hot day...or, better still, a nice cold Peroni.

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG: Since I can' really hike mountains any more, Ill take the wine adventure!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Wise decision.