Prior notes still mostly apply, decanted +3H. Lighter acidity (👍) and a touch more neutral-ish oak notes, showing beautiful tonight!
Nose has green apple slice, under-ripe pear, garden fresh string beans, cold butter and fresh green apple peel.
Palate has baked green apple with sprinkle of sugar, lemon pith, river stones, lemon zest with medium acidity and a long finish.
On the Lawn at Tanglewood this evening with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, without orchestra or conductor 😉. Three humble souls playing an all BEETHOVEN program (Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor (Opus 1, No. 3) and Symphony No. 2 in D (Opus 36, arr. for piano trio by Beethoven)) with a few of the best players of instruments containing strings, Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Leonidas Kavakos (violin) and Emanuel Ax (piano). A true delight for lovers of Classical music this evening! — a day ago
Star bright straw gold. Abundant funky nose of burning citrus and funghi. Medium palate is much cleaner than the nose yielding toasted lemon, white guava, and white pepper with a bit of birch on the finish. Medium plus acidity. Medium finish. A fine example of California Fumé style SB. Okay as a sipper, but built for a meal. Swordfish and scallops come racing to mind, but any white fleshed fish or shellfish should pair wonderfully. Or just upscale your fried chicken. It’s good for that, too. Drink now through 2024. — 5 days ago
This is a very tasty Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
Dry on the palate with medium plus acidity. Nicely balanced and crisp with mild complexity.
Showing limes, grapefruits, lemons, citrus, green apples, gooseberry, light tropical fruits, spices and white pepper.
Good right out of the bottle and better when properly chilled.
I paired it with Ahi Tuna Sashimi.
12.5% alcohol by volume.
90 points. — 6 days ago
Tonight it was time to open my 2007 Domaine Huet Le Mont Demi-Sec Vouvray.
On the nose there is peach, apricot, persimmon, baked apple, lime, honeydew melon, jasmine and brioche.
On the palate we have wonderful notes of peach, honeysuckle, honeycomb, ripe yellow apple, lime, ginger and minerals.
This wine is medium bodied with a viscous mouthcoating mouthfeel and with this age still has mouthwatering medium + acidity that moves smoothly into a medium+ to long peach lemon mineral finish. What a treat. I thought this may be past its prime but no it is still wonderful. Just goes to show you the Loire Chenin Blanc age gracefully. Happy hump day and enjoy the end of the week. Stay safe and continued health. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂 — 3 days ago
Chenin ❤️‘ s botrytis
Unlike anything I’ve had nor was it what I was expecting. After the first sip (or the first pour), I had to set aside all previous experiences with Savienniéres. I mean—just look at that color.
Do not mistake the browning for oxidation (Nicolas Joly makes this distinction clear on the back label and on his website). The wine is developed, and there are oxidative notes, but the fruit flavors are still there, ripe and vibrant.
This is distilled essence of Chenin Blanc right here. Green apple, pear, apricot, beeswax, honey and almond. A dominant honey note but not sweet. White pepper and maybe a hint of ginger. That lanolin note hasn’t completely disappeared, but takes a back seat. Imagine a dry Sauternes…
Nicolas Joly recommends decanting and drinking over several nights. I skipped the first part of that recommendation and am working on the second this week.
Ordinarily, I’m not sure Joly would approve of my choice of “glassware,” but under the circumstances (birthday + oysters + a perfect afternoon watching the ocean mist rolling in over Tomales Bay) I have to imagine he’d be 100% on board.
Not bad for an 882nd consecutive vintage! — 12 days ago
Pale lemon; pronounced intensity aromas of juicy peach, nectarine, honeysuckle, creaminess; dry, medium plus acid, medium alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; quite concentrated but refreshing, very interesting — a day ago
Tonight's wine is the 2016 Spottswoode Mary's Block Sauvignon Blanc.
On the nose there are very distinct notes of grapefruit, peach, lime, melon, herbaceous notes and minerals.
On the palate there are lovely notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lime, white peach, grassy notes, herbaceousness and minerals.
This wine is medium bodied with a crisp and clean mouthfeel, medium + to high acidity that move very well into a long citrus and mineral finish. What a beautiful Sauvignon Blanc this is and it has at least another 5 years or more left in store. Please have a wonderful week ahead, stay safe and healthy and it will be the weekend again before you know it. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂 — 5 days ago
Only the hint of lime and tropical fruits on the nose would lead to SB. Pear, gala apple, honeysuckle, and roasted almond. Rich palate but remains agile. Creamy texture. Great balance. Suggestion of sea breeze lead to a mineral driven long finish.
Not your typical SB, but very well made and elegant. 10% Semillon, raised in 100% French oak barrel for 8 months. No MALO. — 6 days ago
A definite surprise - more vibrant than expected for an 06! Typical sous bois and a long finish. — 14 days ago