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April 16, 2010

Penfolds Yattarna and Drouhin Chambertin

Dinner at Wagyu Kaiseki Den.

2003 Penfolds Yattarna - I've never had this wine before, and it was such a pleasant surprise! My friend thought it was a white Burgundy... nose of minerals, ripe and sweet grass, sweet butter, flint and citrus. Great acidity balance. What a beautiful wine! Interestingly, with the inky flavors of the firefly squid in my mouth, the wine turned very ripe and oxidized...the acidity completely disappeared.

1996 Joseph Drouhin Chambertin - this turned out to be a big disappointment. To be honest we probably didn't decant it long enough, but still... The first whiff smelled of manure, and the high acidity was immediately apparent. The nose continued to be a little funky, gradually normalizing to reveal just the fruit with time, even with a little eucalyptus. Acidity was high throughout. Not a pleasure to drink at all. I bought the bottle from at what I thought were very reasonable prices for a wine of this level and vintage, and the condition of the bottle seemed perfect. Oh well...

Full post on dinner is here.

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