Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hexamer Quarzit 2004

We made another attempt at the Vietnamese inspired Shaking Beef over the weekend and it was a success again.  The wine went beyond success.

In this case it was a 2004 Hexamer Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg 'Quarzit' from the Nahe region of Germany.  The 2009 version of this wine appeared in the market recently so I thought it was time to try its older brother while storing three bottles of the 2009.

Lime, minerals, and white flowers poured out of the glass with some swirling.  A tiny hint of kerosene added some complexity to the nose.  I would have been very happy just to sit and smell this wine.  The taste was mineral infused apples and white peaches with lime zest adding some highlights.  Wonderful body, good length of finish and edgy acid all combined to make this wine delicious.  Six years out from the vintage is just about perfect.  There's one more bottle in the cellar and we'll revisit it in a couple of years.

8.5% alcohol and $18


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