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January 30, 2023

2017 Dugat-Py

Lunch at Ying Jee Club.

2017 Dugat-Py Pommard La Levrière Très Vieilles Vignes - first bottle showed a bit of smoke, along with leather and black fruits. Second bottle was more smoky, much more open, nicer nose with eucalyptus notes.

Full post on lunch is here.

January 28, 2023

2017 Machete

Drinking at home.

2017 Orin Swift Machete - drank 30 minutes after decanting. Definite plenty of ripe and jammy fruit, metallic, still alcoholic on the nose. Plenty of exotic spices, and very woodsy. Hot and alcoholic on the palate 1½ hour after decanting, and pretty ripe on the palate.

January 27, 2023

Cali and white Burg

Drinks at a friend's home.

2009 Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Canet - reasonably ripe, some flinty minerals, toasty but not explosive. Pretty fragrant about 30 minutes after openng.

2003 Kistler Pinot Noir Cuvée Catherine - drank 1 hour after decanting. Very, very fragrant and elegant, with notes of sweet cherries. Tannins were now silky but the wine still had body and wasn't light by any means. After 2½ hours in the decanter the wine was still very nice and fragrant, but now had some toasty notes along with some leather.

1996 Shafer Hillside Select - drank 1½ hours after decanting. Pretty open and fragrant, smoky, with some green pepper, grilled meats, graphite, and also sweet fruit. Soft tannins. Really nice after 2 hours in the decanter, with a little savory minerals, and very complex now. Really opened up after 2½ hours in the decanter and much more oaky.

January 25, 2023

Cos Blanc and Roty Marsannay

Dinner at NOI.

2016 Cos d'Estournel Blanc - a little oily, toasty oak. More ripe on the palate.

2018 Joseph Roty Marsannay - very fragrant with black pepper, nice toasty oak, black cherry jam. A little sharp and alcoholic on the nose.

Full post on dinner is here.

January 24, 2023

Banfi and Grgich

Drinking at home in Taipei.

2013 Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc - drank 1 hour after opening. Lots of flint, slate, and minerals. Also notes of muscat grapes.

2015 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino - drank 30 minutes after opening. Very alcoholic on the nose. Notes of dried herbs and potpourri.

January 23, 2023

2007 Biserno

Dinner at The Ukai Taipei.

2007 Biserno - served 45 minutes after decanting. Initially there was a whiff of coconut butter, but this faded quickly and became much more smoky than expected. Also showing tobacco, grilled meats, black pepper... and later lots of graphite. Still got plenty of tannins, and sweet on the palate as expected.

Full post on dinner is here.

January 19, 2023

2020 Skerpioen

Drinks at Domaine Wine Cellars.

2020 Sadie Family Skerpioen - flinty and mineral on the nose but with ripeness. Initially served without being chilled so the acidity was still there, and remained grippy on the palate. With aeration this showed more floral notes along with a little tropical notes and acetone. Palate got less grippy and more crisp after chilling.

January 17, 2023

Chavost, Clape, and friends

Dinner at Petrus.

Chavost Eurêka!, dégorgée décembre 2021 - very fragrant and lovely floral notes... or was that the hotel perfume? Some minerality on the nose. Pretty elegant.

2010 Roulot Meursault Meix Chavaux - aired for just under 2 hours prior to serving. Big nose of toast, really flinty. Good acidity here. Nice and buttery after about 2 hours, and after 3½ hours there was some vanilla oak on the nose.

1972 Daniel Rion Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes - popped and served. Nose of leather, a little barnyard, brett, eucalyptus, a little prunes. Very nice on the palate, and while it was elegant the wine was not too light. After 30 minutes some black olives emerged.

1970 Lafleur - unfortunately kinda over-aerated. Bretty, a little medicinal, leather, smoke, prunes. I could smell the acidity.

1983 August Clape Cornas, en magnum - opened and not decanted just 1 hour before serving. This was sooooo beautiful, sooooo fragrant, with lots of bacon fat, smoke, grilled meats, some leather, and plums. Suddenly there was a whiff of dusty chalk but thankfully this faded. Plateaued about 1½ hours after opening, but remained lovely with lots of eucalyptus. Some 3 hours after opening there were some black olives, with less sweet fruit and more smoke.

Full post on dinner is here.

January 12, 2023

85 Chave

Dinner at La Maison.

1985 Chave Hermitage Rouge - decanting and served. Initially not open, with some leather notes showing. Improved after 15 minutes and the nose was pretty fragrant. After 1½ hours the acidity was a little higher. Drinking reasonably well but not spectacular.

Full post on dinner is here.

January 11, 2023

03 Solaia and Ornellaia

Dinner at Testina.

2003 Antinori Solaia - opened for 1 hour then decanted and served. Initial nose was bigger with more smoky notes and a lot more cedar. Also showing more medicinal notes on the palate. Later on also developed notes of pencil lead. This wine was more consistent throughout the evening and didn't improve much.

2003 Ornellaia - opened for 1 hour then decanted and served. Very minty, smoky, black fruits. The alcohol was more apparent on the nose, and initially the wine felt a little more closed. Showed better about 2½ hours after opening, and turned out very nice and elegant. About 3½ hours after opening there were additional notes of coffee. While this was more shy at first, by the end of the evening this had clearly surpassed the Solaia and showing better.

Full post on dinner is here.

January 10, 2023

Sparkling and Burg night

Dinner at Wing.

2014 Ultramarine Heintz Vineyard Blanc de Noirs, disgorged Nov 15, 2018 - somewhat fragrant, a little caramelized sugar, nice mousse. More rounded with a decent palate.

2014 Ultramarine Heintz Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, disgorged Nov 18, 2018 - acidity was definitely much higher, a little more mineral, and more grippy on the palate.

1959 Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach Hochheimer Domdechaney Riesling Spätlese Cabinet Naturrein - classic nose oe petrol, very oxidized, very round and soft on the palate. After more than 2 hours this opened up and got better.

1964 Hospices de Beaune Meursault 1er Cru Charmes Cuvée Albert Grivault, par Bouchard - oxidized with some notes of straw, very soft on the palate.

2008 Roulot Meursault Les Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir - good balance between ripeness with the acidity.

2010 Cecile Tremblay Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vignes - served after opening for 2 hours or so. Really fragrant with some leather notes along with black cherries.

2019 Jérôme Galeyrand Bourgogne Aligoté Le Cran - flinty on the nose, some ripeness here.

Full post on dinner is here.

January 9, 2023

L'If and more

Dinner at Spaghetti House.

Herbert Beaufort Carte d'Or Tradition - a bit yeasty, ripe on the palate.

2014 L'If - served 30 minutes after opening. Fragrant nose of dried herbs and sweet vanilla.

2015 NUN Passito di Pantelleria - lots of orange blossom, eucalyptus, honey, and grape jelly.

Full post on dinner is here.

January 8, 2023

Kracher and Extra Old Veuve

Drinks at a friend's home.

1999 Alois Kracher Nummer 10 Welschriesling Trockenbeerenauslese Nouvelle Vague, from half bottle - very, very sweet, with honey, orange blossom, medjool dates. Sooo unctuous, sooo viscous. Lovely but wondering whether it was too simple on the finish. After more aeration the complexity improved.

Dinner at Raw Bar No. 8.

Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old, dégorgée fevrier 2021 - slightly dry but not too bad. Some ripeness here when it warmed up. With more air this got a little grippy, and got a little bitter on the finish.

January 7, 2023

2017 Pataille Chapitre

Drinking at home.

2017 Sylvain Pataille Bourgogne Le Chapitre - lots of leather, smoked meats, plums, black fruits. Kinda pungent and stinky with some sulfur. Showed some eucalyptus after more than an hour, and became more fragrant.

January 6, 2023

January 5, 2023

Italian and French

Dinner at Estro.

Chartogne-Taillet Les Couarres, dégorgée septembre 2020 - lots of heady mousse. Acidity was clearly higher because of the low dosage.

2017 Benanti Pietra Marina - pretty aromatic. Some acidity here on the palate.

2017 Charles Van Canneyt Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers - pretty nice fruit like black cherries. Pretty nice and surprisingly accessible.

2007 Gaja Sorì San Lorenzo - nice herbs, smoke, leather, and some plums.

Full post on dinner is here.

January 3, 2023

Prüm, Blankiet, and Daishichi

Dinner at The Chairman.

2011 Joh.Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese, from magnum - lots of petrol and polyurethane on the nose, and palate was definitely on the sweet side.

2005 Blankiet Paradise Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - served 1½ hours after decanting. Nice and sweet fruit, smoky. Tannins were still there.

Daishichi Myouka Rangyoku Junmai Daiginjo Shizuku Genshu (大七 妙花蘭曲 生酛 純米大吟醸 雫原酒), 2018 - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 50%. Plenty of banana and fermented rice on the nose. A little savory, fermented notes. Pretty light on the palate. Very enjoyable.

Full post on dinner is here.
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