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May 28, 2010

Drinking at Acker

Day 1 at Acker Hong Kong IX.

2003 Haut-Brion - smoked meats, mint, black fruits, sweet, almost honeydew. Still kinda tannic. After half an hour, it transformed into an amazing wine with a huge, sweet nose like toffee. I initially stopped by to visit my friend as they were drinking 2006 Ausone at her VIP table, but this was what she poured me instead of the Ausone...

1999 Rouget Echezeaux - sweet and honeyed with a little caramel, some orange, a little smoky and a little bit of moss. This was my second, subtle attempt at getting a glass of the 2006 Ausone, and I still failed to get one! Oh well...

1997 Masseto - my friend open this bottle in honor of the man who made this wine,Lodovico Antinori. Unfortunately it didn't turn out the way I expected. Nose was pretty funky, with smoke, black pepper, paprika and stewed fruit. I last tasted this wine back in early 2002, and it had been sweet and jammy.

1985 Solaia - again, this was drunk with Lodovico whose brother Piero made the wine. I liked this bottle much better... Nose was a little oxidized with street strawberries, smoke, a little vegetal with green pepper, herbs and soy sauce. I almost wanted to say dried bean curd (豆腐干)...

2005 Méo-Camuzet Morey-Saint-Denis - nose was a little muted at first, with mint, pine needle and red fruits.

1995 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Faletto di Serralunga d'Alba - a very interesting wine to drink. The color was now golden brown with amber rim, and very deceiving. The nose was a little high in alcohol, with lots of sweetness like honeydew and some light glycerin.

2007 George Vintage V Leras Family Vineyard Pinot Noir - I was so surprised when the guys at Acker brought this out... I love this wine! This was such a classic Cali Pinot, with lots of sweetness, caramel, toffee, cotton candy, raspberry, oxidized pear and mint. Beautiful and lovely.

2000 La Mondotte - drank pretty nicely after breathing for a long time. It was surprisingly old world... sweet but not too extracted, with mint, smoke, forest and a little floral.

2007 Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet - lots of minerals, citrus, cheese, straw, toast, popcorn, a little butter...ripe and sweet. A beautiful wine.

2000 Trotanoy - very classic and a great wine. Lots of smoke, pencil lead and soy sauce on top of the fruit.

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