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April 30, 2022

Whites and God Only Knows

Dinner at a friend's home.

Fortnum and Mason Rosé Sparkling Tea - really lovely and fragrant.

2020 Dr. Loosen Riesling Dr. L - very fruity and sweet on the nose, almost peach and lychee.

2018 Blanc de Lynch-Bages - flinty with good acidity. A little green apple.

1994 Trimbach Pinot Gris Selection de Grains Nobles, en demi-bouteille - very big nose of honey, a little nutty, with lots of marmalade. Kinda flat on the palate, though... not that complex.

2013 Cayuse God Only Knows - drank 40 minutes after decanting. HUGE nose of alcohol, really ripe fruit on the nose, with tons of eucalyptus and very metallic. Surprisingly not that sweet on the palate.

April 29, 2022

Pataille Le Chapitre

Dinner at Neighborhood.

2017 Sylvain Pataille Bourgogne Le Chapitre - notes of leather, a little animal, and black cherries. Tannins are still here for sure. Showing more sweetness after 30 minutes. After 1½ hours definitely more open, showing more dried herbs and perhaps a little stem. More tannic at this point and also more complex. Sometime before the 2½-hour mark the wine just "died" on the palate and tasted horrible, but the nose was still perfectly fine.

Full post on dinner is here.

April 28, 2022

2018 Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc

Drinking at home.

2018 Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc - more ripe on the palate than expected, with green apple, flint, pipi de chat, and muscat grapes.

April 26, 2022

Godenya sake pairing

Dinner at Godenya.

Iseno Shiroki Junmai Nama Sparkling (伊勢の白酒 純米生活性), 2021-22 - served at 10°C. Seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 65%. Very fruity, banana, some starchy rice flavors, with a little acidity.

Tsushimaya Beyond Junmai Daiginjo Muroka Nama (津島屋 Beyond 窮めの山田錦 純米大吟醸 無濾過生原酒), R3BY - served at 12°C. Seimaibuai of 45%. Richer and more viscous, sweet on the attack but more dry on the finish.

Mukyotenon Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo (無窮天穏  齋香  生酛純米吟醸  佐香錦), R2BY - served at 23°C. Seimaibuai of 50%. Rich with good depth of flavor, and more fermented notes.

Okuharima Junmai Daiginjo Nama (奥播磨 純⽶大吟醸 袋しぼり 仕込第三⼗五號 ⽣), R3BY - served at 14°C. Seimaibuai of 50%. This was rounded on the palate.

Okunoto no Shiragiku Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama (奥能登の白菊 純米吟醸 無濾過生原酒), 2020-21 - served at 43°C. Seimaibuai of 55%. Warm with fruity acidity. Tasted more alcoholic on the tongue. More dry, kinda funky but also sweet and spicy.

Odayaka Kimoto Junmai Ginjo Nama Nigori (おだやか 生酛純米吟醸  生うすにごり), 2021-22 - served at 12°C. Seimaibuai of 60%. Good, fruity acidity.

Ayaka Tokubetsu Junmai (綾花 特別純米), 29BY - served at 50°C. Seimaibuai of 60%. Plenty of fermented notes, and dry on the palate.

Hanahato Rokudan Jikomi Super Rich (華鳩 六段仕込み 超濃厚貴醸酒), 2021-22 - Seimaibuai of 70%.

Full post on dinner is here.

Kistler and Studach Pinot

Drinking at home.

2003 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard - nose was very, very sweet with marzipan and acetone. Palate was ripe and slightly bitter, but still drinkable.

2017 Thomas Studach Pinot Noir - tasted 1 hour after opening. Nose of leather and black cherries. Not much body, though... and color was on the light and cloudy side. A little more toast, and quite fragrant about 1½ hours after opening.

April 22, 2022

2018 Les Clans

Drinking at home.

2018 Château d'Esclans Les Clans - pretty flinty and tropical stone fruit, like candy, but like on the palate. A little bitter on the palate when warmer.

April 21, 2022

SQN and La Turque

Dinner at Nikushou.

1996 Tarlant Saga, dégorgée en novembre 2004 - the nose was so oxidized I loved it. So savory and mineral, very very much like Chinese salted plum. Good acidity on the palate despite how ripe this was. So rich. Very, very nice.

2018 Blanc de Lynch-Bages - drank 1 hour after opening. Green apple, a hint of pipi de chat, flint minerals. A little oily with good depth on the palate.

2015 Sine Qua Non Entre Chien et Loup - 44% chardonnay, 40% roussanne, 8% petite manseng, 8% viognier. 15.2% alcohol. Drank 40 minutes after decanting. HUGE nose of toast, with vanilla and marzipan. Really open and fragrant after 1½ hours in the decanter, showing toasty corn and toasted nuts and buttery notes. A little straw, too. Just beautiful!

2001 Guigal La Turque - drank 2 hours after decanting. Acidity was higher than expected. Smoke and grilled meats on the nose, but what happened to the fruit and floral notes? After 2 hours and 15 minutes it showed some cooked fruits like stewed prunes. Some 3½ hours after decanting this showed some lead pencil. So disappointing.

Full post on dinner is here.

April 19, 2022

2019 Rock Angel

Drinking at home.

2019 Caves d'Esclans Rock Angel - a little flinty with some red fruits.

April 17, 2022

2019 Raisins Gaulois

Drinking at home.

2019 M et C Lapierre Raisins Gaulois - very floral with violets, almost soapy. A little pungent at first, but cleared up with aeration. Some game meat notes.

April 16, 2022

Born Chogin and Blanc Sec de Suduiraut

Lunch at Sushi Fujimoto.

Born Chogin Junmai Daiginjo (梵 超吟 純米大吟醸), R2BY - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 20%. Lots of very rich and starchy rice flavors, along with some fermented flavors. Tasting this after the abalone, the palate was kinda short and flat. Later on this got very sweet and round on the palate, with a hint of dryness on the finish.

Full post on lunch is here.

Drinking at home.

2020 Blanc Sec de Suduiraut - tropical stone fruit, flinty, more ripe on the palate than expected but still got good acidity. Very refreshing.

April 15, 2022

3 Napa reds

Drinks at a friend's home.

1997 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Vineyard - decanted 1½ hours after opening. Smoky nose with leather and a little woodsy notes. Improved after 45 minutes in the decanter, showing more fruit and sweetness on the palate. This wine needed time.

2004 Harlan The Maiden - decanted 30 minutes after opening, and served 1½ hours after decanting. A little sweeter on the palate, with some exotic spices and stewed prunes on the nose. Improved after 15 minutes, and definitely got sweeter on the palate with more fruit, but still on the cooked or stewed side, along with leather and smoke. A little disappointing.

2018 Cervantes Blacktail - served around 3 hours and 45 minutes after decanting. So young, such a big nose of dried herbs, with tons of vanilla, a little metallic. More than 4 hours after decanting the wine delivered a huge nose of vanilla oak. So Cali.

April 14, 2022

Caymus, Bonneau and more

Dinner at a friend's home.

2018 Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Rosé Fleur de Pinot - very nice red fruits, definitely some minerality. Good depth on the palate.

2007 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape - drank 45 minutes after decanting. Silky tannins here. A little fruit but not a lot. Certainly no sweet vanilla like before. Not too open and relatively closed, with some leather.

1995 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection - drank 45 minutes after decanting. Very fruit on the nose at first. Around 1½ hours after decanting this was smoky and not too much sweet fruit. Later on minty and became sweet-ish on the palate.

2002 Sine Qua Non Mr. K The Noble Man, from half-bottle - very sweet, very grapey, a little nutty, honeydew melon. Very rich and viscous on the palate.

April 13, 2022

Rock Angel and Clos Badon

Dinner at home.

2019 Caves d'Esclans Rock Angel - a little flinty with some red fruits. Meh.

2000 Clos Badon - drank 30 minutes after decanting. Nose of animal, leather, a little bretty, smoky, not a lot of fruit, a little more savory mineral. Around 1½ hours after decanting this was minty and more open.

April 12, 2022

2006 Chacra Treinta y Dos

Drinking at home.

2006 Chacra Pinot Noir Treinta y Dos - very plummy, some oak on the nose, more woodsy, mature and downbeat. Even a little nutty. More acidity on the palate but not quite lean.
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