My first JB Becker wine
Day 1 Served 2-3 glasses with the Vinloq Wine System and let it breathe in the glass for ~90 mins
Nose- Lemons and mint with a mineral backdrop
Taste- Minerality complements the lemongrass, mint, and lemon citrus notes. There is a candied aspect to the fruits suggesting tropical fruit. The salty minerality makes this refreshing.
Stored the bottle in the fridge under Vinloq Preservation Gas
Day 16 Finished the bottle and it seemed unchanged. There were the same lemon and citrus notes and that rocky minerality was still present
This seems like it would shine with a decade + cellar time and I plan to bury my remaining bottles at least that long — 2 years ago
1994 Screaming Eagle. Dinner w J&L B and D&M H while staying with D&M in Santa Ynez. Opened and waited about an hour. Decanted right before serving. Tons of jammy dark fruit. Opened more in the glass. JB mentioned full palate and balance. Great finish. Preferred this to ‘91 Dominus once this opened up. — 4 years ago
Really nice. Most approachable out of their other Cabs. — 5 years ago
Happy New Year! JG says coffee and caramel. JB says butterscotch. Drink now or hold for...ever? — 3 years ago
This was my favourite in a very interesting blind tasting involving 17' rieslings from 4 different German regions - Nahe, Rheinhessen, Rheingau, and Pfalz. The wines were hauntingly similar at the start, but started to reveal themselves when left to their own devices. The tasting reinforced my belief that German rieslings best show their terrior aged or post-ferment, unsulphured and straight from the tank/barrel.
Regardless, I kept coming back to this wine. It was perhaps the most open of the lot. I guess the vineyard does help here, given the typical opulence of Goldloch - something I picked up while helping Caroline at Diel. The nose definitely shows some ripeness, with apricots and quince dominating, but pulled back with aromas of fresh herbs. The palate's fleshy and salty, with some spicy intrigue, oily texture, and a driven acidity. It's so drinkable at the moment.
NB: I think I need to pay a little more attention to JB Schafer after this. I gotta admit, I might have gravitated towards the Wagner-Stempel if it wasn't a blind. JB Schafer doesn't have the rep yet, espeically given how little their kabi sold for in the last VDP auctions, but I reckon riesling drinkers will be caught off guard in the future if this winery continues in this trajectory. — 5 years ago
Absolutely delicious at this age. Rich/Bold/Elegant all at the same time. Perfect balance. — 3 years ago
Drinked at Geja’s Cafe (fondue) by sugestiona of sommelier (Jason Ballard “JB”) — 3 years ago
1991 Dominus. Dinner with J&L B and D&M H, while staying with D&M in Santa Ynez. Opened and decanted right before serving. Loved it. Drinking beautifully. Still had some fruit in it but well balanced and some good earthy qualities. JB and I preferred this to the ‘94 Screaming Eagle we drank afterwards. — 4 years ago
Hookah bar - new haven with ally brian and jb — 5 years ago