We had dinner at Ivin’s, a Peranakan / Nyonya food. This restaurant located just next door of Taberna. Reasonably price and the food is delicious. I especially like the Honey Pork & Sambal Kangkung.
Les Amis group going to open an well-known Italian restaurant (next to Taberna) – Pepperoni. You know what you could do for your wine pairing!
2000 Nicolas Potel Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Gaudichots (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13%
Vibrant med ruby red. The nose is super, focus, fragrance, complex nose that blossom with violet, rose petal, spices, , mushroom and red cherry fruits all framed by elegant mineral. Still a bit tight and lots of substance underneath. While the nose is an elegant pretty, the palate is definitely wilder and a little bit rougher. Some tannin present on the palate, with tons of blackberry sweetness, spices, heavy iron that bring out a little bit of rustic, good weight, mineral and trace of alcohol heat. The wine starting to pull itself together after 15mins in the glass, juicier with alluring spice, dried herbs and tea leaves with gripping tannin and structured.
The nose is getting better throughout the night with riper fruits, super perfume floral, spicy and earthy tones which is captivating while the palate has not much evolution that seems lack of the class of the nose. This should have some upside potential with another 3-5yrs bottle age but I doubt it will be much. Buy – No.
1994 Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13%
From the nose, we know that this is a powerful wine. Floral, earth, beef blood, iron with some red and dark cherry fruits, the aromas is not as fine and deep as the Gaudichots, but IMHO, is very seductive on its own. Med body, still a bit of tannin present with secondary flavors dominant the flavor spectrum, dried tea leaves, bitter cocoa with some berry acid and floral that round up with very round, deep mineral flavor linger toward the med, soft persistent finish. This is a more complete wine for the night and I have changed my mind to vote this as my WOTN instead of the Gaudichots. Buy – No.
1999 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River)
- Alcohol :: 14.5%
Deep dark ruby red that cant penetrate by light. Very thick, ripe, blackcurrant and spicy herbs that put on your face when you try to nose it and tell you that this is a powerful, jammy fruits bomb. Indeed, this is a fruit bomb, the palate is thick and voluptuous with jammy dark fruits that seems lack of the purity and finesse of the Moss Wood that I have had previously. While this is structure, it lack of the freshness and the thought of imbalance immediately blink in my mind. The finish is med long with trace of heat. We left it in the decanter and I revisited the wine after an hour, the super ripe jammy fruits does tone down and become better, but the finishing also start to loosen up, not as tension as my first glass. IMHO, this is a failure. Buy – No.