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February 24, 2002

90 Grivot

Dinner in Taipei.

1990 Jean Grivot Clos de Vougeot - not bad, good to drink now.

February 15, 2002

1982 Lynch-Bages

Dinner at Victoria Seafood.

1982 Lynch-Bages - pretty good, typical Bordeaux, but not stunning. Had 3 bottles.

February 14, 2002

89 Beaucastel

Valentine's Day dinner at Brasserie on the Eighth.

1989 Beaucastel - this was not such a good choice today.

February 13, 2002

97 Dead Arm

Dinner at home.

1997 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm - pretty disappointed. I guess it's just not ready and it didn't breathe enough. Extremely tannic, concentrated. The 14.5% alcohol really showed up in the nose. The fruit core was hidden in heavy oak, smoke, grilled meat. Definitely needs a few more years.

Bought from Watson's for HKD 299.

February 12, 2002

1990 Stonewell

Dinner at home.

1990 Peter Lehmann Shiraz Stonewell - this was the first bottle of the '90 that I really liked. The typical nose of Aussie shiraz, and especially Stonewell, really came out. Raspberries, oak, slight hint of pepper, good sweetness in the nose. Medium to full bodied. Pretty nice!

Bought from Manly for HKD 520.

February 11, 2002

1996 Ramonet Boudriotte

Drinking at home in Taipei.

1996 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Boudriotte Blanc - pretty good! Typical chardonnay with nose of lemon citrus, minerals, toasty oak, and buttery, creamy sweet corn. Good balance of acidity with slight sweetness on the after palate.

February 10, 2002

2000 Juveniles

Dinner at Long Wah.

2000 Torbreck Juveniles - this wine needs a lot of air time. When we started drinking it, it was too acidic. Typical syrah with berries, blood, minerals, and violet typical of a Côte-Rôtie. A bit disappointing (actually, very). Got a bit better towards the end.

Bought from Watson's for HKD 148.

February 5, 2002

96 Laurus Gigondas

Drinking at home.

1996 Gabriel Meffre Gigondas Laurus - this probably sat upright for too long, cork was dry. Nose seemed a bit cooked, smelling of cooked/stewed prunes and a bit raisiny. Don't think this bottle has aged well.

Bought from Jebsen for HKD 176.

February 4, 2002

95 Jadot Gevrey

Dinner at home.

1995 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin - typical Burgundian, with berries, mushrooms, minerals. High acidity balanced by round tannins. OK but not spectacular.

Bought from Watson's for HKD 248.

February 3, 2002

97 Seña

Dinner at W's L'Entrecot.

1997 Seña - nose of minerals, earth, coffee, cassis, tobacco, and a hint of green peppers. Medium tannins. Not bad but needs time to open. Improved towards the end of dinner. As a drinking wine it's alright, needs a few more years of aging.

Bought from Remy for HKD 368.

February 2, 2002

96 Kracher

Drinking at home.

1996 Kracher Scheurebe Trockenbeerenauslese No. 3 Zwischen den Seen, from half-bottle - nose of orange, apricot and acetone. Color was golden brown. Tasted very sweet on the palate - it is a TBA after all - but it was at the same time balanced with enough acidity. Later the honeydew nose emerged. Pretty good stuff.

Bought from Ponti for HKD 366.
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