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April 13, 2018

Dassai Beyond and Ishidaya

Dinner at Sushi Imamura.

Dassai Beyond (獺祭 磨き その先へ), BY 26 - seimaibuai (精米歩合) not disclosed.  Good depth of flavors, medium dry with long finish.  Nose was rich in fermented rice notes.  Very clean.

Kokuryu Daiginjo Junmaishu Ishidaya (黒龍 大吟醸純米酒 石田屋), BY 27 - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 35%.  Pretty smooth and soft, much lighter on the palate at first.  Slight hint of dryness and a bit dry on the finish.  After warming up this was much better, with a lot more depth.

Full post on dinner is here.

April 5, 2018

Rolf Binder Hubris

Drinking at home.

2005 Rolf Binder Hubris - initially too cold when decanted, showing leather notes.  Silky smooth on the palate with plenty of concentration and medium length.  One hour later showed smoky notes and aromatics emerged, and after warming up the wine packed a real alcoholic punch - displaying vanilla, marzipan, and cedar notes.  Two hours later a little chocolate also came out. 

April 3, 2018

Arnaud Ente and Artadi

Dinner at Ronin.

2014 Arnaud Ente Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts - nice and toasty, buttery, beautiful.

1998 Artadi Grandes Añadas - sweet nose, a little vanilla, a little smoky.  Opened up nicely after 1½ hours.

Full post on dinner is here.
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