Pala Crabilis Vermentino 2007
Whilst I can understand the attraction of rich and textural Vermentino, this quite well regarded wine feels like an ‘also ran’. I’d be interested in seeing a retail price, as I wouldn’t want to pay any more than $15-$20 retail. Further, this wine is definitely hindered by a cork closure – screwcaps would have probably earned this wine higher marks and lengthened its life considerably.
A full yellow colour, the nose is big, citrussy and open, with peach juice, cold tea and ripe pears on the nose, with an edge of (quite unwanted) toasty development creeping in. The palate follows with a broad, round and slightly hot flow of juicy fruit that is salvaged by late palate sweetness, rendering the otherwise rather round and bulky palate with some much needed drinkability. The finish ends off with some (again unwanted) alcohol heat and general ungainly developed fruit characters,
So I’d say that this is a rather disappointing dry white that lacks freshness and vitality. 15
Albert Mann Pinot Blanc 2007
After the quite disappointing Vermentino this was like a breath of purity and sheer delight. I’m sorry to say that this is one of only a very small handful of 2007 Alsace whites that I have tried. Must rectify that, especially after this rather beautiful wine.
The wine opens with a nose that is positively delectable – its varietal, regional and just plain fantastic, with lifted honeysuckle over peach, grapefruit and a little melon. Distinctive and just plain delicious. The palate isn’t quite up to the task of the near perfect nose (I’m serious, the nose brought me back time after time) with some sour grip that slightly blunts the beautiful flow of honeyed grapefruit fruit characters. Pinot Blanc is tricky here, as age can dull its crisp edge or it can just enhance its honeyed complexity. I’m not sure what it will do in time, as the nose and the palate seem to be somewhat autonomous of each other. So I would suggest grabbing a couple of bottles, drinking a few now and a few in 12 months time, purely in the sake of research 🙂 . 18