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August 19, 2017

95 Gaja and more

Dinner at Seventh Son.

2013 Kusuda Riesling - a little petrol and polyurethane on the nose, fairly light.  Rather dry and lean on the palate.

2009 Dame de Montrose - decanted for about 30 minutes.  A little smoky, with some fruit.  Still a little tight on the palate.  Some tannins here but not too heavy.  Later on more smoke showed up in the nose, and the tannins were smoother and silkier.

Daishichi Myoukarangyoku Junmai Daiginjo Shizuku Genshu (大七 妙花蘭曲 純米大吟醸 雫原酒), 24BY - very rich rice aromas on the nose, with lots of banana.  Kinda sweet on the palate as long as it's served cold.

1995 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo - decanted for about 45 minutes.  Smoky with leather notes.  Still tannic.

Full post on dinner is here.

August 18, 2017

Ulysse Collin Les Maillons

Drinking at home.

Ulysse Collin Les Maillons, dégorgée le 16 février 2015 - lots of red fruits, good depth of flavors on the palate. A little pungent sulfur. As an extra brut, this was drier on the palate than I preferred.

August 3, 2017

Krug Grande Cuvée

The Krug x Mushroom tour, at Arcane, ON Dining Kitchen and Lounge, and Beef and Liberty.

Krug Grande Cuvée, 163ème édition - a blend of almost 190 wines, with the base being 2007 and the oldest coming from 1990.  Good ripeness on the palate, with some marmalade.

Full post on the evening is here.

August 1, 2017

2013 Sary Arba Rkatsiteli

Lunch at Arnau in Astana.

2013 Sary Arba Rkatsiteli - some fragrance in the nose here, floral, a little pine.  A little alcoholic, pretty ripe and hot on the palate, with good acidity on the finish.

Full post on the day is here.

July 28, 2017

Abrau-Durso Sparkling

Drinks at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 1 Observation Point.

Abrau-Durso Semi-Sweet - definitely tasted the higher sugar levels.  Very pleasant to drink.

Full post on the day is here.

July 27, 2017

Karakemer Alatau

Dinner at hotel in Baikonur Cosmodrome.

2009 Chateau Karakemer Alatau - warm was too warm and likely has been cooked by the hot weather.  Very soft on the palate but not too thin, although not much body or finish.  Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Braucol vines planted in 2003.

Full post on the day is here.

July 20, 2017

2015 Passione e Sentimento

Dinner at La Brata.

2015 Pasqua Passione e Sentimento Rosso - sweet and fruity, slightly smoky, ripe on palate.

July 14, 2017

French Chard and Beringer Cabs

Drinks at La Cabane Wine Bistro.

2015 Tony Bornard Le Chardo Gai - pretty ripe on palate, with some acidity at the same time. Flinty, slightly pungent from sulfur.

Dinner at Neighborhood.

2012 Dujac Morey Saint-Denis Blanc - beautiful and toasty nose, sweet and buttery.  Light and crispy on the palate when served very cold.  Later on some green bell pepper on the nose.

1989 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve - nice and fruity but not too ripe, with a hint of smoke.  Nice acidity here and slightly lean on the palate. 

1990 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve - more Bordeaux-like, with some sweet fruit and a little smoke.  More tannic than the 1989.

2002 Chateau Musar Red - much smoother than expected on the palate.  Nice and minty, with good fruit.

Full post on dinner is here.
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