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January 23, 2021

Cristal Rosé and Dame de Montrose

Lunch at Caprice.

2004 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé - lovely nose, showing marmalade, a little toast, a hint of honey and some strawberries.  Good balance on the palate.

1990 La Dame de Montrose - served an hour after opening, undecanted.  Minty, smoky, earthy, cedar, and still a little bit of fruit left.

1965 Toro Albalá Don PX Convento Selección, from methuselah - raisiny, potpourri, almost a little savory, a hint of medicinal notes, exotic spices, eucalyptus, aged mandarin peel, almost like panettone, and aged Chekiang vinegar with diced ginger used for dipping crab.

Full post on lunch is here.

January 22, 2021

1990 Jaboulet Thalabert

Drinking at home.

1990 Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert - very soft on the palate.  Initially muted, opened up to show more ripeness with stewed prunes.  There was good acidity.  Some woodsy, barnyard, and smoky notes.  Faded pretty quickly, and not much left on the palate after an hour.

January 18, 2021

Dewazakura Yukimanman

Drinking at home.

Dewazakura Yukimanman, Aged 5 Years Below Freezing (出羽桜 雪漫々 五年氷点下熟成酒), released Sep 2016 - pretty sweet on the palate, very fragrant with lots of banana notes.  Turned more dry on the palate with aeration.

January 17, 2021

2018 Forks and Knives White

Lunch at Yardbird.

2018 Milan Nestarec Forks and Knives White - very tropical, fragrant nose with lychees.  Obviously a natural wine and I thought it was very slightly pungent, with a little flint.  Almost overripe but the acidity was still here.  Kinda short on the finish.

January 15, 2021

2005 Kistler

Drinking at home.

2005 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard - very ripe and jammy, plenty of forest, dried herbs.  Hot and alcoholic.

January 14, 2021

2007 Arietta and sake

Drinking at a friend's home.

Kakunko Junmai Daiginjo Yamawatari (花薫光  純米大吟醸  山渡), 2007 - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 27%.  Nose was very fermented, very oxidized, definitely a koshu (古酒).  Pale straw color.  Savory and mineral on the nose, with beeswax and acetone.  Very soft on the palate, and a little sweet.

2007 Arietta On the White Keys - very ripe, lots of tropical fruits like mango.  Not too sweet on the palate.  Still got acidity and a little grippy.

January 9, 2021

Hiedler and Kistler

Lunch at Ta Vie.

2018 Hiedler Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Reserve Schenkenbichl - flinty, petrol, nice fragrance with white flowers.  Kinda soft and flat on the palate, dry but with some ripeness.

Full post on dinner is here.

Drinking at home.

2005 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard - pretty tropical nose, with lots of vanilla and coconut butter on top of the fruit.

January 8, 2021

2003 Fortia

Drinking at home.

2003 Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Baron - woodsy, leather, stewed prunes, and smoke.
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