I have a friend who is retired, and we have an arrangement for wine deliveries. Most of my wine orders get sent to him, and we split a bottle of wine (either from the delivery, or I bring one) when I collect. It's a good opportunity to catch up with him on a regular basis, and he gets to share some good wines.
Recently, he has developed a taste for older (Alsace and Australian) rieslings. My recent TN on Petaluma Riesling 2000 was a wine I shared with him and his wife. Another wine order came through a few days later, so I thought I would pull out another 2000 - the Houghton.
I didn't expect as much from the Houghton as I had from the Petaluma. I was wrong
The cork came out very well, and the colour of the wine was that of a 5 year old riesling, not 12. No hint of kero whatsoever, and the wine was way less developed than the Petaluma. Acidity was keeping the wine fresh, and the crunchy lime flavour was in no way honeyed or 'cordially'. Long crisp finish, after some florals and just a moderate amount of development.
This was a revelation for a 12 year old riesling, and beat the Petaluma hands down (I had passed over the Houghtons in favour of the Petaluma for a dinner a few days earlier). While the Petaluma was towards the end of its life, this was in the middle, and could go another decade.
The only regret is that I was driving, and had to leave about half the bottle with my friend. He didn't argue
Wine, women and song. I've worked in a winery, and been a professional musician...hmm let's not go there.