Color of beautiful gold. Nose of roasted nuts, Sprite, ripe banana, citrus, grapefruit, and a tiny bit of spice. Taste of citrus, apple, grapefruit, ripe banana again, a touch of mineral, quite silky and a bit nuts flavor too. Tasty with a kick of spice, sweetness, acidity, and mineral in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable. — 12 days ago
The evening theme is Pinot Noir from unexpected areas.
A red Chablis, sourced from three parcels between Venoy and Chablis; one location is the Ferme de Couverte which is the hill above Vaudésir. 🦄 🍷
Nose has syrupy kirsch, very ripe cherry, very ripe black currant and moist limestone. Incredibly fruity, reminiscent of many Oregon wines, on the edge of being too much fruit. 🍒💣(Can't believe I'm writing that!)
Palate has super sweet ripe cherry, brambly-stemmy notes are well integrated, acidity is sharp but soft edges.
I'm completely caught off guard by this bottle. Yet, I should have known that the Chardonnay masters in Chablis would have just done an amazing job with Pinot Noir grown in the same conditions. Damn it, I barely bought any of this and that was my mistake, plus 2016! What was I thinking? Won't under commit to this wine in the future, perfect sipper and very accessible.
Decanted ~3hrs. — 2 days ago
Got the attendant to save my palate and grab me a glass of 09 Dom out of 1st Class.
The Emirates experience is very good overall. The car service pick up is excellent. The comfort in Business Class is quite spacious and comfortable. Service is good. The food was hit or miss depending on what you ordered. Overall, it could be better. Where they really missed; there were no hot towels before meals, wi-fi horrific and the Business Class wine list needs to be much better.
Green apple, slightly bruised Bosc pear, lime candy, light color citrus blend, pineapple, ginger soda, baguette crust, beautiful firm pronounced chalkiness, penetrating grey volcanic minerals, well done acidity and an elegant, rich, well balanced finish that goes on & on. — 5 days ago
For Malbec World day, here is a nice Malbec from France.
Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.
On the nose, blueberries, blackcurrants, vanilla, earth, chocolates, dust, spices, herbs, vegetables, black pepper, bell pepper, celery and wet leaves.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, vegetables, black pepper, earth, bacon fat, leather, tobacco and green herbs.
Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a very enjoyable Malbec from Cahors, France. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nice, and well balanced.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (3 hours).
Already enjoyable, but will be better in the next 10 years.
Earthy with a new world feel, and gets earthier as it opens up. Not what I expected from a Malbec from this region at all.
Thank you, Wendy for sharing.
100% Malbec grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.
15% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 5 days ago
In the ski chalet or in this case, the bar- Salmontini that overlooks Ski Dubai inside The Mall of the Emirates. Sofía is skiing and I’m having a glass Laurent-Perrier. Two bad discs don’t make for enjoyable skiing. Perhaps, the worst thing I could do for them. I’m getting the better end of the deal! 😋
We already spent a half-hour playing with King Penguins! 🐧 What fun!
As for the champagne, the nose reveals, green apple, lemon lime, pineapple, some hints of green melon and honey, vanilla, cream soda, beautiful soft chalkiness, sea shells, gentle volcanic minerals, spring flowers, Jasmine and yellow lilies.
The body is nice and glides easily over the palate. Nice mousse and mouthfeel. Green apple, lemon lime, pineapple, some hints of green melon and honey, vanilla, cream soda, notes of ginger, baguette crust, beautiful soft chalkiness, sea shells, more pronounced volcanic minerals than the nose and penetrate into the palate, spring flowers, Jasmine and yellow lilies. Really nice soft acidity and micro bubbles. The finish is rich, elegant, nicely polished and persists minutes.
Happy Good Friday and Easter weekend!
🐣 🐰 — 4 days ago
Cherry, raspberry, iron, earth, rose petals a bit of barnyard at first. Is that orange peel too lingering in there. Easy going, no secondary, no tertiary, plain simple and efficient nose. The palate is acid driven with raspberry and cherry all along and some tannins coming in the rear to give a nice mouth feel and an impression of chewing it. The finish is delicate with fruits and rose. Not grand, not overwhelming, not showing off but a delicate, well crafted burgundy which plays above its league. — 8 hours ago
At the Emirates Business Lounge in Dubai. Not quite the lounge services they advertise in their Business Class Service video in Dubai on their website. Overall, still ok. I was looking forward to the world’s only Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar and some 09 vintage Moet & Chandon but, I guess that is really only in the First Class Lounge. I’ll have to settle for this Imperial. Any good lawyers out there want to sue them for deceptive advertising? 🤣 Also, the shoe shine was not included. It was the most expensive shoe shine I’ve had. And, never actually included black polish! Hmmm? 🤔
As for the Imperial, not bad but, not the 09 vintage I had hoped for! Oh well! 🤷♂️
The nose reveals, nice light citrus blend, green apple, bruised red apple to cider, pineapple, a little lime candy, tropical melons, some white peach, cream soda, brioche, soft chalkiness, understated minerality, spring & yellow flowers with greens.
The body full and pleasant. Soft understated mousse and delicate on the palate. Light citrus blend, green apple, red apple with a slight lean into cider, pineapple, a little lime candy, tropical melons, some white peach, cream soda, brioche, soft, fine powdery chalkiness, subtle minerality, sea spray, spring & yellow flowers with greens. The acidity not as lively as I would prefer. The finish is rich, elegant but, lacks a certain wow factor. — 3 days ago