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November 20, 2015

Altaya tasting 2015

Altaya Wines annual tasting.

2012 Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet - a hint of toast, a bit flinty, with lemon.

2012 Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet - nose was more open, with more toast, more lemon, and more flint.  Sharper nose, with more acidity here but reasonably round on the palate.

2012 Vincent Girardin Meursault - more flint here, a little pungent. Leaner on the palate, with good acidity balance.

2012 Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Cailleret - nose was more open and beautiful, with more butter, vanilla, and ripeness.

2012 Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne - more sweetness and ripeness, beautiful!  Bigger nose of toast.

2012 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Uchizy - fruitier, more tropical, with flint.  Slightly lean on the grippy finish.

2012 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine - more pungent with lots of oak, slightly rounder on the palate.

2012 Comte Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Charmes - nice nose of lemon citrus, a bit of toast and flint.  Kinda lean on the palate.

2013 Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - very sweet and tropical nose of peach and lychees, with some minerals.  A little ripe on the palate.

2012 Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - bigger nose, more pungent, less fruit but still with lychee and stone fruit notes.  Rounder and sweeter on the palate.

2012 Les Hauts de Smith Blanc - lemon, pipi de chat, muscat grapes, minerals, and flinty.  First whiff was pungent, then suddenly very perfumed.  Light and lovely on the palate.

2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc - nose was more open and elegant, with lemon, muscat grape, and a bit of pipi de chat but less pungent.  Nice and buttery.

2014 Rolf Binder Chardonnay Selection - very oaky, with lots of vanilla and toast, very ripe and sweet, and very tropical nose.

2014 Burge Family Semillon Olive Hill - a little sharp, some plastic notes, a bit metallic, crisp with good acidity balance.

2010 Burge Family Semillon Olive Hill - much bigger nose of plastic and wax, a little flinty.  Really good balance on the palate.

2014 Peter Michael L'Après-Midi - still very new, nose was not quite balanced and a little out of joint.  Oaky with vanilla notes.

2013 Peter Michael La Carrière - sweet nose with tropical stone fruits, mineral.  A little bitter finish.

2013 Peter Michael Ma Belle-Fille - toasty, buttery, very ripe.  Nice and sweet on the palate.

2002 Salon - nose was nice and sweet, and caramelized, with nice toast.

2008 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs - nice mousse, with caramelized nose and nice toast.  Sweeter than expected for a blanc de blancs.

2004 Pol Roger Brut - lots of toast, nutty, caramelized with notes of Chinese licorice, nice and mineral, almost salty plum.  Drinking beautifully now.

2006 Pol Roger Rosé - moussy.  This was OK.

Pol Roger Rich - a demi-sec.  Definitely richer and sweeter on the palate.

2011 BOND St. Eden - a little young.  Oaky, a little bit of smoke, sweet.  Lovely.

2011 BOND Quella - softer, more fragrant, oaky, and sweet.

2011 BOND Vecina - oaky, sweet and ripe on the palate.

2011 Peter Michael Les Pavots - served from decanter.  Very fragrant, with smoky and leather notes.

2010 Troplong Mondot - very fragrant with cedar notes.

2006 Climens - nice and grapey, with plenty of honey and marmalade.

November 15, 2015

Sake pairing with eel

Lunner at Godenya.

Minshuku Tono White Label Doburoku (民宿とおの 白ラベル どぶろく), 2015 - with the lees and rice still in the bottle so it was very lumpy... Still bubbling and fermenting.  Can taste the alcohol and it was a little bitter on the palate.  Made by a bed-and-breakfast (民宿) in Iwate Prefecture (岩手県) from rice grown with no chemicals or pesticides.

Sougen Junmai Hattannishiki Unfiltered Namagenshu (宗玄 純米八反錦 無濾過生原酒), 2015 - served at 20°C.  Seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 65%.  Round on the palate, a little viscous.  Slighty dry and spicy (辛口) but overall more on the sweet side (甘口), smooth but with a kick on the finish.  Good depth of flavors.  Nose has a hint of fermented beans.

Ryu Bizen Omachi Tokubetsu Junmai Nama (隆 備前雄町 特別純米 生), 2015 - served at 21°C.  Seimaibuai of 60%.  Bigger on the palate, more acidity up front, but a little spicier on the palate.  Alcohol was sharper and a little piercing up the nostril.  Very fragrant, almost wood-like.

Kotorinosaezuri Junmai Ginjo (小鳥のさえずり 純米吟醸), 2006 - served at 47°C.  Seimaibuai of 50%.  Can definitely feel the alcohol as the sake goes down due to the warm temperature.  Sweet on the attack but spicy mid-palate, then with a bitter finish followed by a sweet aftertaste.

Taketsuru Omachi Junmai Nigori Sanmiitai (竹鶴 雄町純米にごり 酸味一体), 2012 - served at 21°C.  Seimaibuai of 70%.  Definitely some acidity here, with a long finish that has some spiciness.  Reminds me a little of Calpis (カルピス) or soursop...

Yorokobigaijin Yamahai Shikomi Junmaishu Unfiltered Nama Akaiwa Omachi (悦凱陣 山廃仕込純米酒 無濾過生 赤磐雄町), 2015 - served at 50°C.   Seimaibuai of 68%.  Very mild taste.  Slightly on the acidic side, but very smooth and very pleasant.  Easy to drink.

Akishika Junmai Koshu (秋鹿 純米古酒), 2000 - served at 48°C.  Seimaibuai of 55%.  Salty and mineral, but without the sweetness of Shaoxing wine (紹興酒).  Love the oxidation.  Lovely golden color.

Tenyurin Tokubetsu Junmaishu (天遊琳 特別純米), 2003 - served at 47°C.  Seimaibuai of 55%.  Also oxidized and showing salty plum on the nose, but sweeter on the nose and palate.

Full post on lunch is here.

November 14, 2015

Rosé Champagne and Bordeaux

Dinner at Fish School.

Chartogne-Taillet Rosé - full of strawberries on the nose, with good acidity.

Drinks at ON Dining Kitchen and Lounge.

2009 Sarget de Gruaud Larose - nose of cedar, a little smoke, a hint of earth, a little nutty, maybe?  Good balance between acidity and tannins here.

Full post on dinner is here.

November 12, 2015

03 Yattarna and 06 Liger-Belair

Dinner at Mercedes me.

2003 Penfolds Yattarna - buttery, a little vanilla, oaky, and lemon notes.  Acidity was a little higher than expected.  Needs time to open up.

2006 Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée Clos du Château - really sweet and fruity nose, wow!  Amazing!  So sweet it was like overripe honeydew melon, with floral notes like rose.  Some dried herbs, too.  Palate was a little thin and acidic.

Full post on dinner is here.

November 7, 2015

61, 82s, and methusalehs

Dinner at Amuse Bouche.

1995 Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon, en methuselah - big nose of toast with some yeasty notes.  Very lively on the palate, rounded with some maturity, but also very good acidity.  Drinking beautifully.

2010 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne, en methuselah - big and toasty nose, plenty of oak here, with lemon citrus notes.  Ripe on the palate with acidity on the finish.  Very metallic and mineral after some caviar.  After 2 hours, really opened up very well.  A beautiful wine.

1982 Mouton-Rothschild - nose of pencil lead, smoke, and mint.  Definitely a Pauillac.  Still some fruit here, slightly earthy and stinky.  A bit light on the palate.

1982 Haut-Brion - a little stinky and a bit medicinal.  Later on some soy sauce notes.  Least enjoyable wine of the evening.

1982 Margaux - smoky nose with cigar notes.  Lovely.

1961 Margaux - the lighter color gave it away.  Nose was very sweet and grassy.  However the nose faded very fast so I stopped swirling the glass, and the palate started to turn acidic.  Some fruit here but started to smell some stewed prunes, with a bit of medicinal notes.  There was almost a little bit of sour plum juice (酸梅湯).

1986 Lafite-Rothschild - nose was more closed, minty, with some smoke, slightly exotic spices.  Opened up later to show more exotic sweetness.

1982 Latour - nose was open and a little opulent.  A little leather and also a hint of medicine later on.  A bit lighter on the palate.  Favorite wine of the evening.

2003 Léoville-Poyferré - a little cedar and smoky.  Tannins still here.

Full post on dinner is here.

November 4, 2015

86 von Schubert

Dinner at The Chairman.

1986 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Abstberg Riesling Spätlese - lovely and fragrant nose of white flowers, coupled with classic notes of plastic.  Still tasting pretty young and vibrant, with nice acidity that is not quite crisp thanks to some softness due to aging.  Slightly bitter on the back palate.

Full post on dinner is here.

November 2, 2015

MNSC dinner - The Pawn

MNSC dinner at The Pawn, hosted by Lord Rayas.

1996 Salon - very nice and toasty, some lemon notes, pretty round on the palate, smooth, with some acidity at the end.  So glad that this is finally starting to open up and drink well.

First flight: opened 100 minutes before serving, not decanted.
1988 Dujac Clos de la Roche - really sweet nose, with lots of fruit.  A little more smoky later.  A little grippy on the palate.  93 points.

1988 Dujac Clos Saint-Denis - a little more animal notes in the nose, more dried herbs, really beautiful and floral, and a little more toasty.  More full-bodied.  95 points.

Second flight: opened 2½ hours prior to serving, not decanted.  Both bottles were ex-domaine.
1996 DRC Romanée-St-Vivant - nice fruit in the nose, but also a little plastic initially, and alcoholic.  A little toasty and minty.  Light on the palate.  93 points.

1996 DRC La Tâche - much more fruity nose, more minty, sweet and ripe.  Very nice.  A little thin on the palate.  94 points.

Third flight: opened 2½ hours prior to serving, not decanted.
1985 Haut-Brion - very stinky, manure, animal, and medicinal nose.  94 points.

1986 Haut-Brion - a little riper, cool, hint of pencil lead, hint of medicine, with smoke, earthy, and stinky nose.  Slightly savory on the palate.  95 points.

1989 Haut-Brion - definitely smoky, cigar box, with pencil lead and a little earthy nose.  95 points.

Extra flight:
1973 Heitz Martha's Vineyard - a little grassy and sweet, minty.

1973 Clos Du Val - maderized with grassy notes.

Full post on dinner is here.

October 29, 2015

2008 Domaine du Castel and others

Lunch at Sports Club.

1995 Montrose - minty with some fruit and leather in the nose.

Drinks at Amuse Bouche.

2004 Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon - toasty and pretty yeasty.

2008 Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux - a little flinty on the nose.  Rounded on the palate with some ripe fruit, but lean and acidic on the finish.

2008 Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux - a little flinty and acidity was higher than expected.  Not a fan of this.

2008 Domaine du Castel Grand Vin - nose was a little dusty at first, with animal and minty notes.  Palate was a little exotic, leaning towards new world.  Still pretty tannic but slightly sweet on the palate.  After an hour in the decanter some smoke emerged.  Needs time to open up.
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