Daily Archives: July 29, 2009

Huet Moelleux 1990

Domaine Huet, Vouvray, Le Haut-Lieu, 1ere Trie, Moelleux 1990 This wine has developed a beautiful tawny color over almost 2 decades. The nose smells of toffee, caramel and raisins. The mouth is an absolute explosions of fresh oranges covered in … Continue reading

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Smith Haut Lafitte 2005

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Leognan 2005 The nose smells of leather, earth, smokiness, horse blanket and a host of descriptors that get at a sense of brettanomycees as complexity rather than a flaw. That said, I know that this level … Continue reading

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Giscours 2005

Chateau Giscours, Margaux 2005 The berry fruit is ripe and expressive in the nose, with a sense of cedar and a light touch of earthiness. The fruit comes through on the palate, with some chewy though ripe tannin and a … Continue reading

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Rolland-Maillet 2005

Chateau Rolland-Maillet, Saint-Emilion, Grand Cru 2005 Upon first opening this bottle was uncharacteristically rustic for a Rolland wine; patience is rewarded with 10 minutes or so of air. In the mouth however, the fruit is immediately apparent and the texture … Continue reading

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Pichot Vouvray 2008

Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette (Domaine Pichot), Vouvray 2008 In the nose there is a sense of herbaceousness, candied green fruit and floral notes. In the mouth there is that familiar balance of the sweet and the tart, as … Continue reading

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Brundlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Gruner 2008

Weingut Brundlmayer, Kamptaler, Terrassen, Gruner Veltliner 2008 Give this new wine a bit of air to blow of the reductive character. Then with 5 minutes the citrus and minerality emerge, with a healthy dose of white pepper and floral notes. … Continue reading

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