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June 8, 2024

Vilmart and Kistler

Dinner at Neighborhood.

2008 Vilmart Cœur de Cuvée, en magnum, dégorgée en Novembre 2016 - there was good acidity on the palate, very nice and elegant with a little bit of floral scent, but also a little savory on the nose.

2004 Kistler Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvée Elizabeth - decanted more than an hour after opening and served 15 minutes later. Pretty sweet on the nose with lovely leather notes, and almost a little floral and violet. Drinking well.

Jikon Tokubetsu Junmai Nama, 2023 - lots of sugary starchy rice on the nose along with some notes of banana. Very fresh and lively.

Full post on dinner is here.

June 7, 2024

Selosse and Roumier

Dinner at Xinrongji.

Jacques Selosse Les Chantereines, dégorgée 26 Janvier 2017 - drank some 45 minutes after opening. Nose was nice and caramelized with some vanilla notes along with some marmalade. Really lovely, and almost getting some savory notes on the nose. About an hour after opening the nose was really fragrant, with sweet notes of sugar cane. Later on there were also notes of aged tangerine peel, with a little smoky and savory notes.

Jacques Selosse Chemin de Châlons, dégorgée 1 Fevrier 2017 - drank some 45 minutes after opening. The nose was also caramelized with a little more sugar cane. On the palate there was a little bit of savory mineral notes. Initially this was more simple compared to the Les Chantereines, but with more aeration this got much better, showing more body and more complexity. Still very savory. Some 2 hours after opening this became really nice, and was lighter, more easy going compared to Les Chantereines, but definitely not a simpler wine.

Jacques Selosse Le Bout du Clos, dégorgée 13 Avril 2012 - drank about 2½ hours after opening. Nice with savory minerals on the nose, with sugar cane showing much, much later. There was really good depth on the palate here with a long finish, and the 5 extra years of aging compared to the other two really shows. There was a good amount of acidity on the palate, too.

2008 Lucien Le Moine Clos Saint Denis - drank about 45 minutes after opening without decanting. The nose was pretty fragrant, and the wine was fairly elegant. Showing a little meaty nose and nice notes of leather. About 1½ hour after opening we also got some lovely black cherries on the nose.

2011 Georges Roumier Moret-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Clos de la Bussière - drank about 1 hour after opening. Very nice and toasty on the nose, and later showed more animal and leather notes. This was really very nice and very silky smooth.

2014 Georges Roumier Moret-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Clos de la Bussière - drank about 2 hours after opening. This was very clean and seemed relatively subdued compared to the 2011. Around 3 hours after opening, this opened up well to show some really lovely fruit.

2013 Benjamin Leroux Bâtard-Montrachet - the nose was really ripe and oxidized, with a little flint as well as some stone fruit.

Full account of dinner is here.

June 5, 2024

Cossard and Pompois

Drinking at home.

2020 Frédéric Cossard Pinot Noir - pretty fragrant nose. Love the sweet fruit, with notes of hawthorn and leather. A little floral and soapy on the palate.

2020 Le Clos des Treilles Pompois - strong notes of animal and barnyard, and a little bretty? The nose was also a little medicinal as well as savory.

June 4, 2024

89 Maximin Grünhaüser

Drinking at home.

1989 Maximin Grünhaüser Abstberg Riesling Auslese Fuder 133, from half-bottle - the nose showed notes of honey, white flowers, petrol, and flint. On the palate there was definitely sweetness as one would expect, but there was also some acidity for balance, with plenty of marmalade on the palate, too.

June 3, 2024

Katsuyama and Ise no Shiroki

Dinner at Jan Jan Kushikatsu.

Iseno Shiroki Junmai Nama Sparkling (伊勢の白酒 純米生活性), 2020-21 - nice and fruity, love that fruity acidity and the fizziness on the tongue.

Katsuyama Junmai Ginjo Ken (勝山 純米吟醸 献), 2023 - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 50%. Nose of banana and starchy rice. Smooth on the palate. Slightly sweet on the attack, with a little fruity acidity giving a good balance and a slightly dry finish.

June 1, 2024

Pax and Laherte

Dinner at Stellar House.

Laherte Rosé de Meunier, dégorgée en mars 2023 - lots of red fruits in the nose.

Full post on dinner is here.

Drinking at home.

1995 Hospices de Beaune Corton Cuvée Charlotte Dumay, élevé par Dominique Laurent - nose of leather and animal, still got a nice amount of fruit like black plums and stewed prunes. A little woodsy on the nose, too. The acidity was quite prominent on the palate, with a grippy finish thanks to some tannins.

2004 Pax Cuvée Keltie - drank about 20 minutes after decanting. The nose was really sweet and jammy with blackcurrants, but also really metallic. Showing woodsy notes like cedar, very fragrant.

May 30, 2024

07 Boekenhoutskloof

Drinks at Grand Cafe.

2022 Cecilia Beretta Grigio Luna Pinot Grigio - flinty nose with some stone fruits.

Dinner at Nikushou.

2007 Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek - drank 15 minutes after decanting. The nose was nice and fragrant, with woodsy, cedar notes. Pretty smoky once the nose opened up, and with a swirl of the glass we had sweet fruit coming out, along with some minty notes. Still got the tannins here, and it's drinking really nicely.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 29, 2024

Howard Park and more

Dinner at Forum.

1997 Kistler Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard - very ripe as expected, but not totally oxidized to the point it becomes unpleasant. Caramelized nose with lots of vanilla. The palate was sweet but not over, as it's still got some acidity for balance.

1988 Maximin Grünhaüser Abstberg Riesling Auslese Fuder 67 - nose of white flowers and petrol. Palate was rounded but while there's some residual sugar, the acidity was quite high. Drinking very nicely.

2021 00 Chardonnay VGW - the nose was really buttery, flinty, while the palate was nice and lean with good acidity.

2020 Howard Park Riesling Great Southern - nose of petrol and polyurethane. The palate was still relatively dry but it's also got some ripeness.

2023 Howard Park Pinot Noir Flint Rock - really sweet on the nose, like bubblegum.

2007 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon Leston - the nose was minty, earthy, smoky, with grilled meats. There was good sweetness on the palate.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 28, 2024

Old Napa cabs

Dinner at The Merchants.

1985 Silver Oak Alexander Valley - pop and poured. Still pretty fresh and lively. The nose was very minty, smoky, with lot of cedar, and really sweet, with beautiful notes of tobacco. Acidity was slightly on the high side on the palate. My wine of the evening.

1976 Silver Oak Alexander Valley - this was more mature and more developed compared to the 1985. Nose of stewed fruit, still got the sweetness on the nose, but this has started to develop savory notes like black olives. The nose was still pretty fragrant but the palate wasn't as good as the 1985, with pretty high acidity. The nose had a little more vanilla, and oxidized like old Madeira.

1974 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Bosché - the nose was showing a little game and leather on the edges, with a hint of savory olive, a little bit of smoke, and nice fruity notes. The palate was on the savory side.

1976 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve - served about 1½ hours after double-decanting, which was much later than anticipated. This was a decent showing for the wine, very soft on the palate, niced aged, with a nose that was oxidized and on the savory side. Some 3 hours after decanting the nose was still showing OK, and 4 hours after decanting the nose was pretty savory by then.

1977 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - this was fresher and cleaner on the nose, with more sweetness. There was a little more body on this wine compared to the 1976, and then also started to show savory notes. More than 3½ hours after opening the nose was showing plenty of savory soy sauce, which was pretty nice.

1970 Heitz Martha's Vineyard - served some 45 minutes after opening. The nose showed nice and ripe fruit, with leather and also nice smoky notes. My third favorite wine of the night.

1976 Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - served about 1½ hours after opening. The nose was a little more green than the other wines, but not in a bad way. Pretty open and fragrant nose showing woodsy notes. Really showing nicely some 3 hours after opening, with a bit of sweet grass and almost floral notes. My second favorite wine of the evening.

1984 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - drank about 1 hour and 15 minutes after opening. This was really nice after about 2 hours, showing some sweet fruit on the nose.

1985 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - drank about 1 hour and 15 minutes after opening. The nose was bigger than the 1984, with more savory notes, but still showed a good amount of sweet fruit.

1986 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill - drank about 1½ hours after opening. The nose was nice and woodsy, showing a bit of savory profile. The wine was drinking really nicely some 3½ hours after opening.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 25, 2024

2009 George Leras

Drinking at home.

2009 George Pinot Noir Leras Family Vineyard - the nose was fragrant with notes of juicy black plums, a little eucalyptus, very sweet and kinda jammy at first. The wine clearly had a little age on it, showing a little maturity and the complexity that comes with it, along with being very smooth and silky on the palate. This was really, really beautiful on the nose, with some leather and woodsy notes like sandalwood with more aeration, as well as black cherries.
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