Survivor Winner John Cochran & Thai Food Pairing Wines
Wines of the Night

2015 Schmelz Pichl Point Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau ($27)

Green and slightly peppery with arugula notes and a tropical finish, plus incredible texture – there’s a richness to the Schmelz Pichl Point not often found in Grüner Veltliner. Bright with Asian pear and stone fruit, this excellent example of 2015 is both quenching and serious with powerful minerality, and will even age well. Weighty and delicious.

Wine Scores

Ben: 91

Scott: 91

Tom: 91

John: 90

2014 Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels "Terrassen" Riesling Rheingau ($47)          

The 2014 Rüdesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels Riesling Terrassen is from the terraced part above the most western part of the Rüdesheim Berg Roseneck, as well as the western part of Berg Schlossberg, and from up to 80-year-old vines. The wine offers a very clear, coolish, slatey/crystalline bouquet that indicates a great delicacy and finesse. Full-bodied, clear and piquant on the palate, this is a crystalline and very salty wine with thrill, tension and a nice grip in the finish.

Wine Scores

Ben: 87

Scott: 89

Tom: 88

John: 92

2013 Schlumberger Kessler Gewurtraminer Grand Cru Alsace ($47)

Sourced in the warm Wanne block (officially: Heisse and Kalte Wanne) the 2013 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler opens with a bright and spicy fruit aroma and some very prominent stony flavors. Very clear and highly elegant, with a smooth acidity and a great fruit intensity on the palate.

Wine Scores

Ben: 92

Scott: 93

Tom: 90

John: 88