Everything here is delicious in any zone of sweetness, and the wines are charming and arrive at the table eager to be helpful. Perfect wines when the nth degree of complexity isn’t warranted. And they are not contrived – just honest!
Darting remains my icon of the perfect “commercial” winery, offering charming easygoing wines at excellent prices, bearing slightly fuddy-duddy labels, and hardly registering on the edgy stream, but that’s fine by me. The wines delight, over-deliver and are incredibly useful, and these things matter too—and matter more. ~Terry Theise
This makes me think of pink sunset clouds, exquisite, vaporous, taking up a lot of space but weighing almost not a thing. It’s a potion really, a soufflé of vinosity, flowers droping their petals to reveal a peppercorn where the blossom used to be. (5-12 years)
I resisted writing a tasting note. It tastes like itself! As rendered by 2010 with its sorelly silvery concentration. It’s perhaps more stylish than usual. You’ll like it at least as much as you did before.
I was amused to see Darting’s ostensibly “modest” St. Laurent finish 4th among the best St Laurents in Germany in the current Gault-Millau. And so I’m more confident than ever to offer you this juicy, charming and forthright PN. It’s a little oaky but no more than that crianza Rioja you love; a juicy fruit-driven finish with a tiny jalapeño kick from its 14% ABV. 10-20% New oak is used. The barrels are locally sourced and made.
This normally rather sultry wine is more exotic and green-orange in 2012, and malty as always.
CORE-LIST WINE. We’ll stay with this ’12 until the beginning of 2015, when the guava-scented vetiver-herbal ’13 makes its delicious albeit atypical way. ~Terry Theise
They tell me it’s all clean fruit but I taste at least an echo or a facsimile of botrytis, but the wine is tangy with a lavender earthiness, angular and herbal and expressive.
Tasting notes are pending…
Solid, vinous and chewy; basil oil, a little catty, a little mizuna, and a ton of spice and minty snap. Marked length; the finish tilts toward the herbal, tarragon, almost Gyokoru. Serious wine.
We’ll ship ’13 while it lasts and then shift to ’14. The new vintage is rich and sultry, as is its type, but ’14 has been very good to Helmut Darting; there’s a slight surmise of botrytis, and a few nubby tannins, but the overall effect is sold and firm. The ’13 is lighter but more exotic, with fragrances of vetiver and guava. ~Terry Theise
Quite a vogue built around this, to my unending delight. I have to alert you, though, that this 2014 is less yummy than either the ’13 or the ’12; like most ’14 German reds, it’s tannic and stewy—the alc is 14%—but the fruit is strong and the aroma is appealing. Don’t buy it sight-unseen based on the last vintages; taste it and satisfy yourself you like it. ~Terry Theise