France, Champagne, Le Mesnil Sur Oger, Champagne Grand Cru
What a treat!! Reaffirming why this is one of my favorites. What was once an in your face-ness of brown lees notes, (ie marmite, etc), is now really into a salty and mineral tunnel. Absolutely, KAPOW! on the palate.
This was really a treat. 12yrs on the lees, closed with a crown cap. Rich fruit palate, orange marmalade, but more engaging is the strawberry jelly, that reminds me i'm out of my mom's homemade strawberry jelly and need to re-up. A real treat, thanks Andy.
White forest flower, pear richness, mineral, loads of mineral, white pepper, exotic pepper. Day 2, the richness of fruit is really laid out on the parquet. sweet pear nose. palate is really glassy in texture up front. yesterday, i was perplexed, today i'm totally floored.
A real treat in the sense that I didn't have to open my last half bottle to get this opportunity. Lean pineapple juice is but a really rich palate...and thoughts of peanut butter. This is the wine that left me guessing the whole day. Numerous times and I went back to the first part of this note, only to not edit.
USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Wowza!! Next to all this white burgundy, this is the real deal of regional difference. Just shy of pineapple, much sweeter and richer than the 07 Coche Dury Rougeots Meursault next to it. Smoke, oak, clove, 14.6%ABV, some nuttiness towards the finish. Dare I say, the clock is ticking on this one. DAY 4, still holding on strong, but again the madeira-style nuttiness on the finish makes me wonder. much more focus on the palate today, but there is that circus peanut (also buttered popcorn, maybe they're really one in the same) on the palate and in the aromas.
This has been open for more than just a couple hours at this point. Palate is drying out a touch, but smoke and forest floor. Past it's best, i'm sure, but still holding on with med(-) tannin. Super fine and iodine. Quite a treat.