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October 15, 2014

Von Schubert and Il Pino

Dinner at Neighborhood.

1998 von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg Spätlese-trocken - big nose of petrol and polyurethane.  Acidity quite high, especially on the finish.

2006 Il Pino di Biserno - still pretty tannic.  A little bit of forest on the nose at first, then more mint and more sweet fruit later once it opened up more.

Full post on dinner is here.

October 7, 2014

More hodgepodge

Dinner at a private kitchen.

2003 Gazin - smoky nose with some fruit, with meaty and savory, mineral notes.

1998 von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg Spätlese-trocken - nose kinda pungent, stinky, almost rubber, with lemon citrus and flinty notes.  Definitely more dry and acidic but still kinda round on the palate.

1999 René Geoffroy Brut - very ripe on the palate.  A little caramelized on the nose, and a little savory but not quite salty plum.

2012 Kamoshibito Kuheiji Human (醸し人九平次 純米大吟醸 Human) - made with Yamada Nishiki (山田錦) at a seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 45%.  The nose was rich with lots of fermented rice notes.  Alcoholic both on the nose and the palate.  Very dry mid-palate and on the finish. Definitely karakuchi (辛口).

1986 von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Spätlese - lemon, almost cream soda nose, with petrol and flinty notes.  Not too sweet on the palate with good acidity.

2008 Michel Gros Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Clos des Réas - nice blackcurrant, black cherries with a bit of forest in the nose.

1995 Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde - leather, animal, and a little bacon fat.  Not bad at all.

2006 Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore - coconut, vanilla, minty, and a little smoky.  Still kinda tannic.

1975 Coutet - really big polyurethane nose, very rich on the palate, with apricot and nutty flavors.  Yum.


Full post on dinner is here.

October 5, 2014

MNSC Dinner - Seventh Son

MNSC dinner at Seventh Son, hosted by Gayliao.

First pair: opened and poured 30 minutes before serving.
1970 Mouton-Rothschild - a little green with animal notes.  Some ripe fruit here.  Flat on the palate with relatively high acidity and short finish.  90 points.

1983 Mouton-Rothschild - nice ripe fruit, very farmy with lots of animal notes, smoky and minty.  93 points.

Second pair: opened and poured 30 minutes before serving.
1985 Jaboulet La Chapelle - good, ripe fruit with leather notes, smoky nose.  Really lovely and smooth.  A little lean and not too sweet on the palate.  94 points.

1985 Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze - sweet on the nose like candy.  A little tropical fruit.  Pretty light on the palate.  93 points.

Third pair: decanted almost two hours prior to serving.
1995 Petrus - really smoky, pencil lead.  A very big wine with animal notes, almost a little exotic.  Pretty tannic.  95 points.

1995 Rayas - really sweet, candy-like, alcoholic.  A little forest pine and very fragrant nose.  96 points.

Fourth pair:  Decanted about 1½ hours prior to serving.
1999 Rousseau Chambertin - toasted corn with ripe fruit.  Kinda tannic.  95 points.

1999 DRC Grands Échézeaux - really ripe and sweet, more metallic, forest notes.  96 points


Full post on dinner is here.

October 1, 2014

Bordeaux + Harlan

Dinner at a friend's place.

2002 Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon - nose was surprisingly a little floral, fragrant, yeasty.  A little ripe and bitter on the palate, with marmalade notes.

2004 Louis Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes - pronounced grassy nose, a little woody.

1982 Beychevelle - very smoky with lead pencil and minty notes.  Very big and lean nose that is classic Left Bank.  After 2 hours, the nose was really beautiful, with more ripe fruit, but also a little sharp and alcoholic.

1986 Montrose - ripe nose with grilled meats, leather and smoky notes.

1999 Cheval Blanc - a bit spicy, smoky, slightly ripe and sweet nose.  Tannins are still here.

1999 Lafleur - pretty heavy smoke, a little bit peppery, alcoholic with a hint of savory notes.

1996 Harlan Estate - really ripe and alcoholic, almost like paint-thinner with its sharpness.  Really sweet on the palate.  Later on a little dusty in the nose.


September 30, 2014

Bordeaux red, Paillard and more

Dinner at On Lot 10.

2004 Bruno Paillard Assemblage Brut, degorgée en Mars 2012 - yeasty nose, with ripeness on the palate but surprisingly high acidity.

1983 von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Auslese - very big nose of plastic and polyurethane, with white flowers and acetone.  A little sweet but still nicely balanced.

2011 Ram's Hill Sauvignon Blanc - mineral, flinty, green apple, muscat grapes.  Very ripe, and absolutely beautiful.  One of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs in the world.

1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste - smoky and cedar notes.  Very fragrant and delish.

2008 Cos d'Estournel - very ripe and exotic nose, with vanilla and coconut butter.  Very sweet, too.


Full post on dinner is here.

September 27, 2014

Rosé and Bordelet Poire

Dinner at a friend's house.

Chartogne-Talliet Rosé - really nice to drink, with raspberries and a nice, ripe palate.

2009 Eric Bordelet Poiré Granit en magnum - huge nose of minerals, lots of flint, with very deep, intense pear flavors.  Higher acidity than expected.  Delicious.  Made from up to 14 varieties of pears from 300-year old trees in Normandy.

September 25, 2014

Wines at Pierre

Dinner at Pierre.

2004 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne - pretty ripe with a little minerality.

2009 Bouzereau Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes Dessus - a little flint, a little ripe and a little sweet.  Initially too muted as it was too cold.

2005 Talbot - a little minty, smoky and a little sweet.

2005 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Moelleux - a little ripe, almost smoky but not quite.  Acetone, marmalade, musty and bready?


Roses de Jeanne Inflorescence La Parcelle Blanc de Noirs Lieu-dit "Côte de Béchalin", dégorgée en Avril 2012 - I couldn't for the life of me figure out the vintage that was stamped on the table.  Oh well... Classic Cedric Bouchard... yeasty nose, very smooth on the palate, a little ripe and actually somewhat bitter on the finish.  Always happy to drink anything from this man...

Full post on dinner is here.

September 24, 2014

GPL, Solare and Grange

Dinner at Chiu Tang.

2003 Grand-Puy-Lacoste - minty, a bit smoky.  Classic Left Bank that never goes out of style.

2001 Capanelle Solare - a little smoky, some tannins here, and I could smell the acidity.

1981 Penfolds Grange - very obvious coconut butter, sweet, vanilla, a little leather, and minty.  Smooth on the palate now but still full-bodied.

Full post on dinner is here.
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