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June 30, 2008

Wino Dinner

Dinner at a friend's place.

2004 Dagueneau Silex - from one of my favorite winemakers for white wines. The wine had a very nice, lightly mineral nose -interestingly almost like muscat grapes. The acidity was higher than I expected. Not what I expected from a Pouilly-Fumé but I liked it.

1992 German Riesling, unknown producer - which I believe was a QbA and not a QmP since it was not designated as a spatlese, kabinett...etc. This had a hint of tropical fruit, not quite lychee but something else. Some people thought it had the nose of a piña colada, but I didn't quite get that...

1997 Bollinger La Côte aux Enfants - this is a still red wine from Pinot Noir and designated Coteaux Champenois, made only in exceptional vintages from a small vineyard plot and in small quantities (5,000 bottles in this vintage). I found it fruity and like a light Burgundy, without much body. It's really more of a novelty, and I'd much rather drink a nice Burgundy from the same vintage...

1997 Roumier Chambolle-Musigny - this was a really nice bottle of wine, especially considering that this is only at the village level and not a 1er or grand cru. The nose was explosive and had lots of sweet fruit, smoked meats and bacon fat. Wonderful stuff.

1998 Musar Red - something I haven't had in a while is the best wine out of Lebanon, and this was just about my wine of the evening.  An explosively sweet nose, some minerals leading to a hint of blood, and some raspberries and leather. The wine had medium weight on the palate, which made it easier to drink. I was so glad that we had this bottle tonight, and I went back to it at the end of the evening.

1995 Pegau Cuvée Réservée - I had this wine some years ago when it was much younger, and this time it has evolved a bit more but my enjoyment was far less than I remebered last time. The nose was a bit vegetal and primarily of green peppers. There was a little fruit but somehow I felt the wine was a bit off.

2004 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin Les Marchais - a nice wine to drink with a very sweet nose.

1998 Artadi Grandes Añades - I decanted this for more than 2 1/2 hours. Once again the nose was explosive (do I use this term a little too much?) and full of sweet fruit at first. Later on I detected a hint of acetone, then stewed prunes. A little bit of heat damage, perhaps?

1996 Arlot Romanée-St-Vivant - this was a grand cru Burgundy from a good vintage, and it showed as a typical Burgundy. The nose was farmy, with smoked meats and also plenty of sweet fruits. A nice way to round up the evening since I didn't think I could drink more...

June 27, 2008

Tien Heung Lau's house blend

Dinner at Tien Heung Lau (天香樓). Drank a pitcher of their aged Shaoxing wine (紹興酒), which has been warmed up. A lot has been written about the quality this vino, but it really is very good and has a very long finish. The fragrance of the wine also lingers in your mouth...

June 22, 2008

1970 Mouton-Roschild

1970 Mouton-Rothschild - drunk at Da Shan Wu Jia (大山無價) outside Taipei.  My last bottle from the lot of 6 purchased some years ago. It was never a fantastic wine, but I do love the artwork on the label from Marc Chagall, with the trademark blue. The nose was classic Mouton, with lead pencil, smoke, pain grille and brett in addition to the red fruits. We did not decant the wine. We drank about half the bottle at the restaurant, and really enjoyed it. The remaining half of the bottle was finished at home, where the sediment got into the glasses and detracted somewhat from our enjoyment. Nevertheless, I was happy to drink this special wine.

Full notes on dinner is here.

June 19, 2008

2004 Teliani Valley Teliani

2004 Teliani Valley Teliani - drunk at Zheti Qazyna in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This is actually 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and even though the wine is a bit on the young side, it was a reasonable bottle of wine that was accepted by international palates like ours. And the price of USD 70 seemed a bit more reasonable.

Full notes on dinner is here.

June 18, 2008

2005 Marani Kindzmarauli

2005 Marani Kindzmarauli - drank at Borodino in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This was semi-sweet. Not exactly to our liking, and we struggled to finish the bottle only because it cost USD 80.

Full notes on dinner is here.

June 14, 2008

A trio of Baltikas

In Bukhara, Uzbekistan.  We finally lined up three cans in the Russian Baltika range - Nos. 3, 7 and 9. We did a taste test... No. 9 has the highest alcohol content at 8%, while No. 7 was probably the winner in terms of taste.
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