Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Faiveley Corton Clos Des Cortons 2001

Tasting notes > A deep colored red. Rustic flavors mixed with a melange of red and black fruits. Nice intensity on the mid palate, with acidity framing the flavors and providing bouyancy. Tannins fine, sweet and penetrating. Certainly one of the more approachable 2001 Grand Crus from Faiveley at this juncture.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006

Tasting notes > Youthful, ruby-red in color.  On the nose, rose petals with chinese red dates just soaring from the glass.  A burst of flavors barrages the senses, encompassing polished red fruit flavors of rasberries, cranberries and plums.  Royal tannins are finely integrated and balanced just perfect.  The finish just goes on and on and......easily 60 seconds.  Loved it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dumol RRV Syrah 2007

Tasting notes > A dense purple. Whiffing it - roasted black fruits, cigar and beets. A broad mid palate reveals exotic flavors that encompass mushrooms, damp earth, violets and 'bah kuah' (chinese smoked pork slices). Great inner mouth strength, yet there is a certain lightness of foot. Tannins still a shade brisk at this point. The length was a bit truncated, which was rather disappointing given the great promise displayed on the nose and in the mid-palate.

Aubert Ritchie 2007

Winemaker Mark Aubert, who cut his teeth @ Peter Michael Winery produces a stellar array of single-vineyard Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and more recently a Cabernet Sauvignon blend under his own label, Aubert. All wines are sold via a private mailing list and are highly recommended!

Tasting notes > Pristine, clear, canary-yellow in color. A beautiful nose of whipped cream, lemons and pine nuts. The entry is silky smooth, with just a mouth-filling burst of aromas that include pineapple, mango, minerals and flowers; with just a touch of cinnamon and bitter gourd. The balance is impeccable, reminiscent of Pahlmeyer Chardonnay '94, which was just heavenly. Superb persistence, which just goes on and on......Just a fabulous bottle of wine!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Pichler Gruner Veltliner Smaragd 2005 Durnsteiner Kellerberg

From one of the most respected wine estates in the Wachau region of Osterreich - FX Pichler. Noticed from a recent trip to NYC that there is an increasing trend towards offering Gruner Veltliner on restaurant wine lists in the city. I really like the stuff, because some of the best examples offer up lovely aromas of white flowers, peaches and white pepper. A shame we don't see more Gruner here in Singapore.

T-notes > Golden, copper-tone in color. In the mouth, bursting with complex flavors of cinnamon, white pepper, honey and kiwi fruit, pomelo, pink grapefruit and persimmons. Real verve in the mid-palate with just exquisite length on the finish. A great wine! :D

Monday, July 06, 2009

Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay Les Aussy 1er Cru 2005

The boys at Woodland Hills Wine Company recommended the wines from this relatively unknown tiny producer from Volnay from the fab 2005 vintage. Picked up an assortment of their wines some 2 years ago, but have only recently come round to opening a bottle. Was pleasantly surpised by the quality, so I thought i'd share some tasting notes.

T-notes > Ruby red in color with wonderful aromas of pure red pinot fruit. In the mouth, elegant melange of sweet intense fruit flavors framed by lovely soft tannins. Mid-palate is chock a block full, with nice persistance on the finish. Really liked this quite a bit. Can't wait to get round to opening the Volnay Taillepieds and Volnay Caillerets! :-D