Saturday with David White
Domaine Wine Storage & Sun Wah - Chicago, IL
Tasted January 12, 2013 by tooch with 558 views
David was in town, so we rounded up some folks at Domaine for a fun afternoon of football and wine. After that, a group of 9 of us went to Sun Wah to continue the festivities.
Big thanks to Chris and James at Domaine for hosting us, and it was great to see David again.
Flight 1 - Wines at Domaine Wine Storage (20 notes)
2006 Sine Qua Non The Hoodoo Man
Intense nose of butterscotch, smoked nuts, and lemon oil. A real bruiser of a wine that punches you in the face with not only the flavors, but its alcohol and viscosity. Has the feeling of a butterscotch/lemon mixed drink.
2011 Arnot-Roberts Trousseau Luchsinger Vineyard
A really nice wine. Had that light berry, floral and brambly nose that Trousseau can have. The palate was juicy and energetic with great acidity, a nice earthy component and then vibrant red fruit. The fruit was more vivid that most of the Trousseau I've had from the Jura, but the fruit an airy coolness that was quite nice.
1982 Château Saint-Pierre
Really nice Bordeaux. Had a fair amount of sweet cherry tobacco on the nose with some forest floor and mushroom tones. While this had a distinctly rustic edge to it, the fruit was sappy and juicy. Pretty nice package!
2003 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
A really nice surprise. I've been a vocal critic of 2003 CdPs...just too roasted and syrupy. This was lithe, spicy and had a nicely energetic spine to it. The florals were beautiful on this wine and I thought the spice component was exotic and layered.
1999 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Seemed a bit shutdown and simplistic. The fruit was pure, but a bit too easy-going for me. Really beautiful florals and spice but everything seemed only about 2/3rds there. Should be a real beauty with some time.
Flight 2 - Dinner at Sun Wah (11 notes)
2005 Gravner Breg Anfora
Another strong showing. Great richness without being heavy and a dizzying melange of floral, melon, and truffle. Love this stuff.
2002 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne
From a cooler vintage, this certainly has a lean, cool tone to it. The oak seemed to act like a blanket - giving a bit of heft and warmth to the violets and spicy plum underbelly. There was some nice meaty and peppery tones, but everything seemed turned down to a 4...instead of the more intense nature this cuvee usually has.
2008 Domaine Ponsot Clos Vougeot
Pop and pour. A touch of brown sugar on the nose seemed to dissipate with air leaving behind a spicy red fruit melange that had a nice rustic edge to it. What a presence this wine had - this was a powerful, deep, layered Ponsot that really falls into the masculine camp of Burgundy. Everyone really seemed to enjoy this at dinner...went really well with the duck at Sun Wah.
2004 Château Malescot St. Exupéry
Firm. Dark fruited, smokey and spicy. The core of this wine is quite nice, but is all but covered up by the tannins which are gritty and drying at this point. Feel like the material is quite nice, so as the tannin eases up this should be quite lovely.
1998 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays
Loved the character of this wine. Great red floral notes blended perfectly with sweet cherry, spices, some brown sugar, and sage. Great complexity with layers of subtle earth, truffle and dried florals. Lovely stuff that's drinking very well.
2008 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Kick Ranch
A pretty good syrah. Had rich modern fruit with some nice spice and meaty tones to it. Rather souless when you compare this to Northern Rhone syrah, but drinks well and is relatively well-balanced.
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