This is still a work in progress as I upload tasting notes and wine labels from as far as 1999... Check back once in a while to get the updates.

April 18, 2011

French and Italian mix

Dinner at Sup 1.

Egly-Ouriet "Les Vignes de Vrigny" 1er Cru (disgorged Nov 2009) - made from Pinot Meunier and aged on lees for 40 months.  Nose was yeasty, a little oxidized and salty with minerals.  Quite well-balanced on the palate and not really acidic.

2001 Lucien Le Moine Echezeaux - a bit grassy and the first pour was a little too warm.  Second pour after chilling revealed a little smoke, iron, minerals and sweet fruit.  Not bad at all.

1997 Argiano Solengo - sweet fruit and mint in the nose.  Lovely wine, but still amazingly tannic for something that's almost 14 years old... even more than 4 hours after I double-decanted the bottle.  Needs more aging.

1998 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata - opened almost 2 hours before dinner started.  Huge, concentrated nose with mint, forest, sweet fruit and lost of alcohol (14.5%).  Sooo much tannin here I was looking for something to scrape them off my tongue...  Last time I was in this situation was during Bordeaux en primeur tasting in 2009.  Keep this in your cellar for another 10 years.

1996 Denis Mortet Clos de Vougeot - sweet fruit with lots of toast and pop corn.  Acidity a little on the high side.  Pretty nice.

1990 Beringer Nightingale - the color was dark caramel, with a very sweet nose of honey, medjool dates, prunes, raisins and acetone.  Very, very sweet on the palate.  Very happy I brought this bottle along.

Full post on dinner is here.

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