Dinner at Amali

Amali, NYC
Tasted Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by salil with 117 views

Flight 1 (4 Notes)

  • 2001 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain 94 Points

    Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau

    This is drinking so well right now. The core of ripe fruit here is still incredibly bright and vibrant, accented by gentle floral and mineral elements, but there's a more mature creamy, smoky patina around the flavours here and a very seamless, polished palate presence. Power conveyed with grace and finesse, with a bright acid spine keeping it very lively and superb balance.

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  • 1988 Joseph Drouhin Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos des Ormes 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru

    Very pretty, delicate and understated with gentle red fruited flavours framed by layers of mature earthy, leathery and other savoury elements. There's a bit of tannic graininess on the back end initially, but it fades quickly with a little while in the glass as the texture becomes more polished and seamless.

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  • 1988 Joseph Drouhin Corton-Bressandes 94 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru

    Initially this comes across a little brooding and surly compared to the Morey, it's not as fragrant, the fruit's deeper in complexion and it's more savoury, but it also shows a more powerful tannic spine. With air though this really opens out, building a wonderful fragrance combining red and dark fruits, gentle spicy accents and lower toned earthy elements, and it starts to show more depth and complexity on the palate as the tannins ease up with time in the decanter. The last sips might be the most compelling, and this is really wonderful.

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  • 1996 François Cazin (Le Petit Chambord) Cour-Cheverny Vendanges Manuelles Cuvée Renaissance 94 Points

    France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Cour-Cheverny

    An incredibly compelling, thrilling, and versatile wine. Served a bit cold at first, it's all about a razor sharp acid spine beneath fresh quince and citrus fruit flavours; as it warms up it shows more floral, mineral and Chenin-like wooly elements on the nose with more sweetness noticeable that makes it a great pairing with the spicy asparagus, and revisiting at the end of the night when it's a bit warmer, it shows its sweetness and fruit more prominently, but never loses that razor sharp edge to the flavours.

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