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White - Off-dry

2005 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos du Bourg

Chenin Blanc more

7/11/2015 - BradKNYC wrote: flawed

A wonderful evening of Chenin. (Chez Kravitz- Old Saybrook): Corked. A bottle I had a couple of months ago showed beautifully, though expressed the vintage's ripeness with slightly elevated alcohol and softer than usual acidity.

  • Comment posted by BradKNYC:

    7/16/2015 2:43:00 PM - Hey Jeff. Not at all in the '05s.

  • Comment posted by BradKNYC:

    7/17/2015 12:38:00 PM - To be honest, I like the the sweeties better in '05 than the demis. Don't get me wrong, I still like the '05 demis, but they show the vintage in that they're a bit ponderous. The alcohol has been a little too apparent in some of the bottles I've had and I prefer higher acid levels.

  • Comment posted by BradKNYC:

    7/17/2015 2:19:00 PM - I haven't seen any premox in the '02 moelleux or 1ere Trie from Huet and I imagine they're largely safe as you can't risk backing off on the sulfur too much with sweeties.

    Was sorry to have missed the ZH gig and I'm glad you guys had an amazing time. I never saw any notes from it on the board, though. Did anyone post?

    Hope you make it back to NY before too long.

Red

1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

1/8/2013 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

Chave night with the Gelbs. (Christine & Marty's.): Marshall brought a bottle of this for our dinner last year on 1/1/12 and though that was my first wine dinner of the year, that ended up being my wine of the year. That bottle was perhaps the best bottle of it that I've had. It was explosive on the palate, with tremendous fruit, so much complexity and depth and was just belting out opera tunes. The bottle he brought this year, however, from the same case he brought on release, was extremely tight and unyielding. Unfortunately, it was not decanted, which probably would've helped if done earlier in the day. After taking an initial sip, I left mine in the glass untouched for most of the rest of the evening in the hopes that it would open up and it only did just enough to show you that it was chock full of red fruit, meat and spice goodness. Call this showing an A- only because the wine refused to budge. The goods were there, though.

  • Comment posted by BradKNYC:

    7/27/2013 4:56:00 PM - Bring it!

Red

1970 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Gran Reserva

Tempranillo more

4/8/2013 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

The glory of traditional old Rioja: C.V.N.E. Vina Real vertical 1944 - 1978. (Chris and Meredith's.): Probably the best bottle of this that I've had. The wine was just singing. Forward and laying all its cards on the table, there's a beautiful richness and thickness to the texture that none of the other wines showed, but it also showed beautiful harmony and elegance. That said, it seemed clear that this was the most resolved wine of the night and seemed to lack the aging potential of most of the other wines given its comparatively low acidity. Loads of sweet cherry fruit to be found here with spicy old wood, blood and worn leather recliner. Just a classic old Rioja profile, save for a little less citrusy acidic snap on the finish. Beautiful and my WOTN. A/A-.

  • Comment posted by BradKNYC:

    4/10/2013 7:41:00 PM - Thanks, Jim. Kind of you to say.

Red - Fortified

1985 Fonseca Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

4/8/2013 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

The glory of traditional old Rioja: C.V.N.E. Vina Real vertical 1944 - 1978. (Chris and Meredith's.): At age twenty-eight it's starting to lose some of the brashness it showed up until even a few years ago and exhibits a more harmonious and tempered palate presence. While there's still plenty of youthful black fruit, it's not as full throttle blackberry as it used to be as more mature cherry tones have started to creep in. Plenty of sweet baker's spices and chocolate, but they're more mellow and there's now a fig character that's a part of the picture. Plenty sweet, but balanced and the spirit is nicely contained. A/A-.

  • Comment posted by BradKNYC:

    4/10/2013 7:37:00 PM - Indeed! That's what happens when I write notes at 3:30 am...

    Thanks for the catch!

White - Off-dry

1990 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

3/6/2013 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

New Yorkers welcome West Coast visitors to Peking Duck House, but the wine Gods were angry. (Peking Duck House- Midtown): Alas, this bottle showed a bit old and faded, which was rather surprising. Mineral dominates the nose and palate, with just a touch of petrol. It's shed much of its sweetness and is rather hollow in the mid-palate. Light citrus and peach flavors support the slate character. With extended air an interesting spearmint and pine character came up. Still, rather disappointing given the pedigree and vintage. B-.

  • Comment posted by BradKNYC:

    3/13/2013 11:36:00 PM - Yep. Definitely seems like a similar showing. Someone brought the bottle to the dinner. I'll eventually get a write-up posted and hopefully the person that brought it will chime in as to where they got it. I have a feeling it was a relatively recent purchase.

Red

1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

1/29/2013 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

The supper club meets at Sarah's. Champagne, Burgundy, Loire Chenin and CDP are served. (Sarah's.): Quite a bretty bottle, but with a sufficient amount of air it eventually subsided enough so the raspberry, earth, garrigue, olive, game and spice flavors and aromas could shine through. That said, the brett never left, but I'm not brett averse. This is drinking beautifully now and is probably at peak, though has a long life yet. There's richness, but balance and depth. Nice sweetness to the raspberry fruit, but it's not roasted. Always one of my favorites. A.

  • Comment posted by BradKNYC:

    2/1/2013 1:15:00 PM - I asked her and she said it was "pretty good." That's saying a lot for her.

White - Off-dry

1998 Müller-Catoir Haardter Bürgergarten Riesling Spätlese

Pfalz more

9/15/2012 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

A very fresh and youthful showing. The color is not as deep yellow/gold as others have been recently and there's a little spritz on the tip of the tongue when first poured. Just loaded with peaches, nectarines, citrus and minerals. There's nice sweetness, but, more importantly, the acidity is zippy and as invigorating as a plunge into a glacier-fed mountain stream. Long finish filled with lip smacking lime flavors. Just an electric wine clicking on all cylinders. A/A-.

  • Comment posted by BradKNYC:

    1/14/2013 6:36:00 AM - Doh! Fixed it. Btw, you're off by a day on your note on it. ;-)

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