A sinewy, sleek blockbuster offering vital vinous lessons in upstart elegance and pure magnificence. Summer of Riesling started early for me.
2011 j. Brix The Augur Riesling
Kick On Ranch Vineyard
Platinum straw, nice viscosity.
Great depth of aromas, quite thick and intense. Recalls dripping wet flint and stone, white pepper, dandelion, honeysuckle and lilac, hawthorne, ginger, tropical citrus, green mango, coconut and papaya flesh. Ripe and phenolic yet subtle with verve and direction. The aromas increase with temperature and I find this most enjoyable after being out of the refrigerator for over an hour. Even better on day 2.
The palate is the definition of nervosité: bright, taut and stony with linear structure, good persistence and depth. The wine is intense, clean, very stony and precise with nice tropical richness. Quite wide, rich, sinewy and dense yet lithe, flavors of Meyer lemon pith, plasticine, starfruit, wet flint, grated ginger, crushed stone and mineral.
Simply put, this the most complex, delicious and thought-provoking New World Riesling I’ve ever encountered.
j.brix, you have my full attention.