Was My Bottle Off?

*Disclaimer: I received this bottle as a sample from Bin Ends Wine in order to participate in the F. Wildman Twitter Taste Live.

I’ve had Hugel wines before.  In fact, we did a Hugel Twitter Taste Live ages ago.  I’ve also purchased further bottles because I liked what I tasted the first time so much and the entry level wines are always consistent QPR in my humble opinion. But I think something was wrong with this bottle.  I know when we were tasting during the TTL Joe also found some off notes in his bottle. The Hugel for the evening was the 2007 Hugel et fils Riesling. It clocked in at 12% alcohol by volume, had a Diam closure, and retails for around $17.

The nose showed as woody, dusty, and earthy with a very little bit of citrus hiding out. After it warmed a bit some flowers and white peach came through, but it still had this overwhelming dirty earthy thing going on. I’m pretty sure this is not the right set of notes for this wine. The mouth showed better, I got lemon, some peach, tangerine/oranges, pineapple, and stones.  But still–I think this is supposed to have crisp apples and other stone fruits. I’m pretty sure they carry this wine at the Total Wine & More near my house, so I’ll pop in over there soon and get a new bottle to compare.

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4 Responses

  1. even though it was a Diam it’s possible that it was corked (TCA can come from more than just the cork)

  2. Woody earthy? That doesn’t sound like the Alsatian region I know. Prob. corked. Good on you for following up with another bottle!

  3. I was at Hugel’s the other month – this really doesnt sound right. In general the wines are very clean and exact, very pure. No wood anywhere in Alsace of course either…

  4. It certainly didn’t taste right to me! I’ve got to get on hunting down a new bottle!

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