This is still a work in progress as I upload tasting notes and wine labels from as far as 1999... Check back once in a while to get the updates.

August 5, 2018

MNSC dinner - Caprice

Dinner at Caprice.

2004 Louis Roederer Cristal - very nice and floral.  Nice and balanced on the palate between crisp acidity and some ripeness.

First pair: opened 6 hours and 15 minutes prior to serving.  Not decanted.
1995 Guigal La Landonne - minty, eucalyptus, a little sweet with black fruits, a little smoke.  Good acidity and slightly lighter on the palate, with a little bacon fat.  96 points.

1995 Guigal La Turque - smoky, leather, a little shoe polish?  Still full-bodied.  95 points.

Second pair:
1985 Guigal La Turque - opened 7 hours prior to serving.  Very meaty and smoky, a little savory, and a little coffee.  96 points.

1998 Guigal La Turque - opened 7 hours prior and decanted 1 hour prior to serving.  Notes of pencil lead, with nice and ripe sweet fruit.  95 points.

Third pair: opened almost 8 hours prior to serving.
1989 Guigal La Turque - nice bacon fat, coffee, smoke.  Very nice.  99 points.

1990 Guigal La Turque - more closed, ripe and stewed fruit, grilled meats, a little savory but not quite black olive.  96 points.

Fourth pair: opened 8 hours and 40 minutes prior, and decanted 2 hours and 40 minutes prior to serving.
1999 Guigal La Mouline - minty with grilled meats.  96 points.

1999 Guigal La Turque - still concentrated, with sharp alcohol, still smoky, oaky, ripe and sweet on the palate.  96 points.


Full post on dinner is here.

August 4, 2018

Keller Spätlese

Drinking at home.

2006 Keller Riesling Spätlese - white flowers with a hint of polyurethane.  Very smooth and rounded on the palate, and sweeter than expected.

August 2, 2018

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah

Drinking at home.

2006 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah - black fruits, smoky, cedar, lovely fragrance.  Good acidity here but still tannic.

July 28, 2018

Ganevat and Grange des Pères

Lunch at Caprice Bar.


2015 Ganevat Le p'tiot Roukin, en magnum - very fragrant and fruity.  After 25 minutes floral notes came out, with leather, a little metallic and iron rust, also toasty.  Beautiful wine!

2004 Grange des Pères Rouge - animal, a hint of savory notes, a little honey, some herbs, and pollen.  Very smooth on the palate.

Full post on lunch is here.

July 26, 2018

2005 Anwilka

Drinking at home.

2005 Anwilka Stellenbosch - alcoholic, a little stinky, smoky.  Still tannic.

July 23, 2018

Wines for sushi

Dinner at Sushi Saito in HK.

2006 Louis Roederer Brut Nature - good acidity on the palate, but also plenty of ripeness.

2000 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne - a little nutty almost, and soft on the palate.

1995 Maison Leroy Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers - initially a little more leather notes, but later showed more sweet fruit.

Full post on dinner is here.

July 22, 2018

89 Maximin Grünhäuser

Lunch at Celebrity Cuisine.


1989 von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett - nice acidity on the palate.  Nose of white flowers and a little flint.

Full post on lunch is here.

July 21, 2018

Ganevat, Valentini, Durieux

Dinner at the Flying Elk.


2014 Ganevat Grusse en Billat

2008 Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo - big, toasty nose with coffee notes.  Soft on the palate.  Very nice.


2014 Yann Durieux DH Rouge - nice and floral, almost a little like Leroy.  A little ripe and sweet on the nose with dried herb notes.  Good acidity on the palate.

Full post on dinner is here.
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