Sunday, March 12, 2006

March 10-11, 2006. Bunch of wines - none spectacular

Think it's been a while since the winehunter has tasted so many mediocre wines in a row. So lets start with the best.

Jacquesson. No.729 Champage.
Nice aromas, nice mousse, great bubbles, great on the palate. We have a QPR winner here. The only thing that sets it apart from greatness is that it goes downhill rather quickly (~45min). 91+pts.

1997 M.Chapoutier Terra Vinya. Banyuls.
Sweet red wine... hey its close to a sherry @ 17.5 alcohol. Some taste in this wine just doesn't sit right with me.. a bit like cough medicine. One-dimensional. 85pts.

2001 Ramey - Russian River Chardonnay
Bright, citrus nose with some hints of flint/minerality in it - promising. In the mouth it become more californian. Fruity , buttery/oily/viscous, decent finish. It had all the elements but just can't seem to get the proportions right. Good raw materials - mediocre execution and conception. 89 points

2003 Champy Gevrey Chambertin "VV"

Cooked, bubble gum nose I usually fine in Australia and NZ pinot. At to that hints of green/vegetal aromas and I just did not like it though it was drinkable. This seems to me liked they picked the grapes to avoid death by heat but was too early for stems to "ripen"... and they did not de-stem. ...83pts

2003 Guy Amiot Chassagne Monrachet - Rouge
Bleh... rough tannins, uninteresting nose... nothing good comes to my memory 78pts.

2002 Frederick Esmonin Charmes Chambertin
Nice nose of cherries, perhaps a little "stewed" cherries, nice fruit aromas however. There was more than a hint of greenish/vegetal aromas which indicates that this was propably picked a bit early for its own good. Good acidity and fine tannins, decent finish. 89points

Thursday, March 09, 2006

March 8, 2006 - Dinner at Tribute

Bunch of friends had dinner at Tribute the other night. The group was large enough as to get the "Library room" upstairs. The food was decent and competent, no complaints from the crowd which is usually quite picky. Very nice ambience. With that a few comments on the wines.

Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon Uchizy
2002 La Marenchess. Very nice upfront. minerality, acidity, softness bright. Lovely meal starter. 89-90 pts

2002 Clos de la Crochette. Much more brooding, more powerful serious wine. Needs time to unwind and has that tinge of bitterness I usually attribute to a white Chassagne-Monrachet. 90+pts

1993 Penfolds Bin 707
IMHO much better than '94. Full bodied, nose was... monolithic and no-surprises. In the mouth tannins were obvious, finish... can't even recall. 91pts

1996 Pichon Lalande
Cork was soaked halfway up indicating not exactly a pristine bottle. Nose was compelling and that green pepper Puillac smell was evident. In the mouth body was lighter than the 707 - while futile attempt comparing and Australian wine's body to a French, I thought the '96 should have had a bit more body... more indication the bottle wasn't 100%. Nice, nice tannins and good finish. This bottle gets 93pts but you get the feeling this thing should have been a 95+ pointer if in good shape.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

March 7, 2006. A white and a red

Simple notes this time.

1993 Pape Clement Blanc. Nose of honey, parafin and dried appricot? Dry with a somewhat bitter finish. 89-90pts

1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia. Nose slightly reticient, slightly alcoholic. In the mouth much better balance. Tannins smooth and very nice finish, hints of tobacco and mint aftertaste. Needs perhaps 2 hours of air in bottle or 1 hour decant? 95+pts.