Thirsty Thursday 25 Oct

Had a casual wine session with soohoo, edwin, benny and friends.

Following are the wines today

Corrison Cab Sauvignon 2000, Napa valley@sgd 40: Tobacco, spicy currant nose and slight leather, considerable alcohol heat. Probably needed >1hr decanting. rated 90points by Wine Spectator. Not too interesting.

Bodegas Salentein Cabernet Sauvginon 2002, , Argentina@ sgd 42: Top red wine of the night. Beautiful deep red colour. Enjoyable with complex Bordeaux nose of silky oak, leather,tobacco and a medium finish. Excellent value for money. Perfect for an enjoyable QPR wine. Taste it blind and you would likely to think it’s from the old world.

BlackRock Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay/Viognier 2004, South Africa @ sgd 48: : Complex, oaky nose with mineral, kerosene, slight citrus. Oily buttery palate with some refreshing white petal in it. A truly heavy and complex nose/palate yet has a secondary floral note on the palate. Medium length.We taste this blind and soohoo offered a bottle of margaux 82 for guessing the varietal correctly. I got the region, country right, and my guess was chardonnay. Too bad it was 70 percent chenin blanc, 20 percent chardonnay. There goes my first margaux.
This wine is definitely a wonderful buy and would fool any experience wine drinker. Must buy!

Mizuki Wine Dinner

Had a couple of fantastic wine from Hermitage Wines recently at Mizuki Fine Dining.
Following is the review for the wines we had.

Taylor’s Vintage Port, 1977 (magnum)
Eye: Dark Purplish
Nose: Faily complex raisin, licorice.Definitely still can cellar for another 10-20 years
Front Palate: Sugary/alcoholic.
Mid Palate: mild raisin
End Palate: medium finish.

Price: 440 sgd
Rating: 3.5/5
Value: not good value

Leoville Las Casse 1961 (Magnum)

Eye: Medium Red
Nose: Oxidized cardbox upon opening. But after decanting for 2 hrs. Pleasant subtle nose with blackcurrants, chocolate, leather and herbicious
Front Palate: Surprisingly young for such vintage wine
Mid Palate: Currant/chocolate
End Palate: medium finish.

Price: 1300 sgd
Rating: 3.8/5
Value: Definitely not an everyday wine. If drank it blindly, you would not believe it is a 46 years old wine. It is impressive to try out old vintage wine but probably you could have more enjoyment on younger/cheaper wines.

Other wines that night:

Pavillion Blanc Du Margaux 2004@ 200sgd
Complex nose of citrus, pear with great finess. Very impressive. Elegant mouthfill.
Top white for the night.. in fact top wine of the night.

Marques de Murrieta Castello de Ygay Gran Especial Reserva 1995 (magnum)
Nose of tobacco and leather. Fairly complexed wine but could cellar for another decade.