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October 10, 2017

Doisy-Daëne and Azumaichi

Dinner at Tasting Court.

2009 Doisy-Daëne Sec - toasty, flinty, with some green apple.

Azumaichi Junmai Daiginjo Shizukushibori (東一  純米大吟醸  雫搾り) - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 39%.  Very sweet on the nose, very floral and fragrant with fermented rice notes.  Initially served very cold, so it was light on the attack at first, then gradually built up after warming a little.  Later on slightly sweet on the attack then turns dry.

Full post on dinner is here.

October 9, 2017

Clos Floriden Blanc

Drinking at home.

2009 Clos Floriden Blanc - very oxidized and mature, showing marmalade, pretty oaky, and a little dirty nose.  A little bitter on the palate.

October 7, 2017

82 Latour à Pomerol and Alfred Gratien

Dinner at Amber.

Alfred Gratien Brut - nose very caramelized, quite mineral.  Very full on the palate, with very high acidity and a grippy finish.  Definitely showing the meunier side.

1982 Latour à Pomerol - opened an hour and 45 minutes prior to serving without decanting.  Wonderful nose showing smoky, tobacco, pencil lead, and fragrant woodsy notes, with some sweet fruit underneath.  Good acidity on the back end.  The wine drank very well but peaked somewhere between 2½ and 3 hours.

Full post on dinner is here.


October 6, 2017

2009 Rollan de By

Drinking at home.

2009 Rollan de By - minty, smoky, black fruits, with a little cedar.

October 5, 2017

Dewazakura Manrei

Dinner at Hidden.


Dewazakura Daiginjo Manrei (出羽桜  大吟醸  万禮), BY25, from isshobin (一升瓶) - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 25%.  This has been aged for about 3 years before release, which explains how smooth, rounded, and viscous it tasted on the palate.  Initially just slightly sweet and a little dry on the finish, this later became much sweeter.  Very delicious.

Full post on dinner is here.

October 3, 2017

Ganevat, Ostertag, and Antinori

Dinner at The Chairman.

2014 Ganevat Les Chamois du Paradis - good acidity here, almost a little fuzzy on the palate, and definitely not 'clean'.  Flinty.

2008 Ostertag Fronholz Gewurztraminer Vendages Tardives - lots of lychee, peaches, honey, and floral notes, with a little flint.  Very sweet on the palate.

1997 Guado Al Tasso - classic claret nose, with smoky, minty, and a little bit of earthy notes, along with sweet fruit.  Drinking really well just after popping the cork.

Full post on dinner is here.
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