Saturday, August 11, 2007

Hugel et Fils Gentil "Hugel" 2005 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Nose of pear and lychee
Apple on the palate, with little backbone
Note of grapefruit and pear on the finish

This is an "okay" wine. It's not exciting or interesting. Actually, it tastes a little flat like a tired Pinot Blanc. I was hoping it would have a little more zip- and it probably does most years. I'd be willing to say that maybe my bottle was somewhat tainted but I don't know for sure.

The wine cost $11 or so, and is widely available. I enjoy wines from Alsace and would be willing to give this another chance at that price. Raise a fresh glass!


Anonymous said...

For $11, wouldn't it have made more sense (cents?) to try another bottle BEFORE posting this noncommittal critique? Your readers are left not knowing if the wine is blah, or if the bottle was off. So effectively there is no buying guidance provided. Caveat emptor, eh?

NW said...

We review nearly every wine we drink, bottle by bottle. In other words, to the best of our abilities, the reviews posted reflect our experiences with individual bottles of wine and not necessarily an overall experience with the winery or the vintage.

In this case, not only is the reader left wondering if the wine is blah, unfortunately the reviewer is too! But that doesn't mean we skip the review of this bottle. Again, we review nearly every wine we drink bottle by bottle and often post repeat reviews of the same wine if we eventually open additional bottles.

Thank you for the comment.

PB said...

Additionally to what (NW) states, we purchase nearly every wine we drink--that is around 350 bottle per year for me and I would guess similarly for (NW). Which means, often times we are standing looking at two bottles of wine trying to decide which one to spend our valuable wine dollars on which is what I would guess is the case for many (most?) of our readers.

Therefore, a review like (NW's) IS helpful because if I'm looking at two bottles, and one is this wine, I'm probably going with the other bottle. It is true that it does not help you know whether this wine is plonk or just an off bottle, but where wine dollars are scarce, it will help me make a better decision. Raise a glass!