2011 Casual session – 2 @ ES (20110311)

Had our normal casual session in ES. Thanks to Mr. M & Ms. M who brought over some really nice ham (beef, chicken, honey etc if not wrong), cheese, cracker and a huge bag of pistachio which was so yummy that we couldn’t stop reaching for it.

2002 Domaine Michel Gros Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulees (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13%han8
    Perfume nose with floral, red cherry fruits, a little austere with this iron, metallic tones which I dun really like. High acid for a 2002, but not undrinkable, quite rich with sweet fruits but kinda cover by the acid with dried tea leaves and medium finish with lots of mineral. This is drinking much better after some aeration (60mins?) as it gained rounder and weight on the palate but still, not really a wine with finesse.

2005 Château D’Aiguilhe (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Côtes de Castillon)

  • Alcohol :: 14.5%
    Dark purplish. Quite backward at first with powerful sweet dark fruits: blackberry, plum, blueberry, spices, soil. Firm, rich and powerful that showing off its youth with tannic long finish with trace of heat. The wine only started to show itself after some 60-90mins in the decanter, added aromas of leather and the palate round up with good integration and relatively good depth for such price point, solid structure and firm tannin but everything well in check. Good to drink now but still young and have some upside potential. A wine that punching above it’s price point. Quite a good buy.

1985 Renato Ratti Dolcetto d’Alba Colombe (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba)

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    Mature, in fact, a tad down hill. Beautiful mature nose of barnyard, sweet fig, mineral and gaminess . Rich mid palate but lack a bit of density and finish with fresh, persistent mineral aftertaste. However, the wine faded very quickly, 15mins in the glass? With high level of volatile acid and very dried herb finish. A very good experience for having such aged Dolceto though.

1995 La Campana Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    I have this instinct that the wine could be an Italian, but somehow I can’t link the flavor profile to it so I thought this might be a Spanish Garnacha . Soft, sweet mature bouquet of dried fig and sweet blueberry core with leather and earth, good complexity and in fact, seductive. Sweet pure fruits with secondary flavors of mushroom, earth and dried tea leaves that framed by the good acid spine with firm, solid mouth feel.  Fully mature and fully integrated tannin leads to silky, juicy long finish with mineral, spicy aftertaste. Not a wine flirt with complexity but harmonious and drinking superbly well. A buy.

2001 Scarpa Barbera d’Asti I Bricchi (Italy, Piedmont, Asti, Barbera d’Asti)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    A rather big, highly extracted Barbera that although with 10yrs of age, still need a handful 60-120mins to decant to soften the structure and tannin, however, the fruits has also started to fade with volatile acid present that resulted in tannic, slightly dry long finish.
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