A regular casual drinking session @ ES. No theme, we popped whatever we wanna drink! Glad that one of the good buddy joined us after disappeared for his wonderland for months.
2003 Stigler Ihringer Winklerberg Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Baden)
- A joker for the night. My first wine from Baden and obviously more fun than drinking pleasure. Ha! Fresh honey with citrus fruits both on nose and palate. Creamy mouth feel and rather simple and straight forward but this is quite a good palate cleanser after the red. However, this proved that GG isn’t a indication for quality.
2006 Château La Conseillante (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
From a half, pop and poured into the decanter. We got fooled by this bottle as this is very Burgundy in style when first served. Perfume raspberry, violet, slight wild factor with mineral, almond nut and wood. High acid entry, good mid palate weight that is youthful and energetic with polish texture and fine grained tannin leads to long, sappy finish with new oak after taste. Didn’t get to taste more as this went really fast! My friend told me that when this open up, no doubt this is a Pomerol. This is still very primary but the sense of finesse is there. All the elements have not merge and integrated together and the fruits buried under the structure and tannin. However the wine is so polished and the refined tannin make it approachable. I will give this another 5-7yrs to develop more.
2005 Sarget de Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
- Alcohol :: 13%
Nose is still very tight, giving away hint of blackberry, currant and coffee notes. Silky, very silky, straight forward and rather simple with blackberry, coffee and floral that gently coat the palate with it’s med body, fine ripe med level tannin and med length spicy finish. This doesn’t has the power and structure of the 2005, maybe a 2nd wine? I guessed this was from 2004 for the vibrancy and the medium weight. Nevertheless, this wine is easy going, friendly and I really enjoyed it.
2007 Voyager Estate Merlot VOC (Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River)
- Alcohol :: 14%
Nose of dark fruits especially plum, blackberry with leather and alcohol. Tannic was the first impression. I wouldn’t guess this was a pure Merlot instead of a Cab blend for the tannin and structure. The tannin is a bit rough and completely mask the fruits. Simple palate that show some plum, rubbery finish with heats. I wonder if the tannin and oak will be able to fully integrated before the fruits faded.
2007 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
- Alcohol :: 9.5%
From 375ml. Bright light gold. Super tight nose, ripe yellow and white fruits with almond nut and mineral mask underneath by sulfite. The palate is very tight and backward and the tell-tale minerality of this plot is not showing. Good mid palate weight with ripe acidity, mango, lemon citrus (buried under the sulfite too) with creamy mouth feel. All the elements were falling apart but the sense of elegance still present. Short – Medium length with touch of orange peel bitterness. Left 1/3 in the bottle and will access the wine again.
From 375ml. Argh! Same as yesterday, tight and backward, in a dumb phase? Will give a last try in day 3.
From 375ml. Confirmed this is shut down / dumb phase