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.

January 18, 2019

Penfolds wine dinner

Dinner at Sotheby's featuring the wines of Penfolds.  Chief winemaker Peter Gago in attendance.

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs - nice and toasty nose, lovely, with flinty, mineral, and lemon notes.  Nice and ripe on the palate with some acidity upfront.

2010 Penfolds Yattarna - initially the nose was a little weird, but pretty flinty and mineral, kinda toasty.  A little flatter on the palate than expected, with low acidity.  Soft and gentle.  Preferred this over the 2012.

2012 Penfolds Yattarna - more acidity, leaner, more length.  Toastier on the nose.  Worked better with food.

1990 Penfolds Bin 389 - coconut butter, vanilla, minty, smoky, grilled meats.  Beautiful!  Incredibly there was still a hint of tannins, but otherwise found some acidity on the palate.  Incredibly classic and straightforward - arguably the least "Aussie" wine of the evening.

1996 Penfolds Bin 389 - more stewed fruit, more exotic spices, definitely more 'sexy'... but perhaps 'alluring' is a more suitable description.  It really was something.

1996 Penfolds St. Henri - plastic notes upfront, really exotic nose with potpourri and herbs.  Very rounded and elegant.

2004 Penfolds St. Henri - minty, some potpourri, with some ripe fruit, but more closed and not showing much.

1996 Penfolds Bin 707 - very smoky, toasty, peppery, pencil lead.  A bit leaner than expected.  About 2 hours later showed green capsicum notes.

1998 Penfolds Bin 707 - big, smoky nose.  Riper, with lots of pencil lead.  More concentration here compared to 1996.

1991 Penfolds Grange - still too young, alcoholic, almost like paint thinner, with some forest notes.

2004 Penfolds Grange - nose really not open as this was much too young.  Eucalyptus notes with some pencil lead, along with some cool fruit.  Very alcoholic.

Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny - obviously a little sharp and alcoholic on the nose, with a nice touch of nuttiness.  Very nice.


Drinks at an afterparty.

2011 Jean-Michel Stephan Côte-Rôtie Vieille Vigne en Coteaux - pretty pungent nose, reductive, animal, leather, potpourri, and highly aromatic.  From vines planted in 1896 and 1902.

Full post on the evening is here.

January 17, 2019

Big bottles for birthday

Dinner at the Sports Club.

2009 Pol Roger - good acidity, some ripeness, very lively on the palate.

1995 Krug, ID 109095, en magnum - lovely acidity and slightly lean.  Notes of straw with a little toasty oak.  Beautiful and elegant on the nose.  Later on the acidity got pretty high, with a lot of depth on the palate.  Plenty of salted plum, too.

2002 Champy Mazis-Chambertin, en jeroboam - nice, with a little ripe and stewed black fruits, along with leather and eucalyptus.

2014 Roulot Bourgogne Aligoté - very toasty.  Lean and acidic.

Full post on dinner is here.


January 12, 2019

Wines for barbecue

Dinner at a friend's home.

Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne MV10 - flinty, lovely, with nice ripeness on the palate.

2016 Landerau Clairet - lots of red fruits, and pretty nice on the palate.  A little hint of sulfur on the nose.

2006 Louis Roederer Brut Nature - beautiful nose of minerals.  Very lively with good acidity.

1989 Haut-Bailley - smoky, earthy, graphite, leather, grilled meats, riper and beautiful on the nose.

1982 Gruaud Larose - so fragrant, smoky, slight notes of green peppers.

Dewazakura Daiginjo Manrei (出羽桜  大吟醸  万禮), 29BY, from isshobin (一升瓶) - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 35%.  Aged for 3 years prior to release, which explains how smooth and round this was on the palate.  Very nice fermented rice notes, with some banana.  Sweet on the palate.

Sawaya Matsumoto Shuhari Special A Region Naka Tojo Yamadanishiki (澤屋まつもと 守破離 特A地区 中東条 山田錦), 28BY - tons of banana, a hint of musk melon, almost a bit fizzy on the palate, a bit dry mid-palate on top of the sweetness.

January 11, 2019

Ganevat and Rubicon

Dinner at Neighborhood.

2014 Ganevat Les Grands Teppes Vieilles Vignes - minerals and enough ripeness on the nose.  Damn! That acidity on the palate!  It's not lean or steely, though... still round and ripe.  A little flinty.

2014 Inglenook Rubicon - decanted for more than 30 minutes.  Very sweet on the palate.  Lots of mint, green pepper, forest, with exotic spices, coconut butter, vanilla, and almost a hint of leather.  So Californian.

2015 Andre Perret Merlot - ripe with stewed black fruits.  Pretty alcoholic.

Full post on dinner is here.

January 8, 2019

Weight Stone Gris de Noirs

Lunch at The Chairman.


Weight Stone Gris de Noirs Cuvée Classique N° 15, dégorgée en Octobre 2018 - nose smells like... Kyoho or other grapes for eating. Some acidity here on the palate.

Full post on lunch is here.

January 5, 2019

Lelarge-Pugeot Nature

Drinking at home.

Lelarge-Pugeot Nature - nose was definitely pretty yeasty and bready, with a hit of toast.  The palate was rounder and more mature than expected, with a limited amount of acidity on the finish. 

January 4, 2019

2009 Juveniles

Drinking at home.

2009 Torbreck Juveniles - breathed 20 minutes in glass at first.  Color was still dark purple.  Very sweet and jammy on the nose, with cedar, exotic spices, floral and lavender notes, along with some leather.  Not too sweet on the palate.  Very nice.

January 1, 2019

Selosse V.O.

Dinner at Suntay Teppanyaki in Taipei.


Jacques Selosse V.O., dégorgée le 15 Octobre 2009 - pretty mature now, of course nose was oxidized, showing marmalade and minerality.

Full post on dinner is here.
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