Thai Cottage, SF
Tasted July 18, 2013 by aagrawal with 294 views
A lovely dinner with some friends at Thai cottage with a broad range of wines, especially sauternes.
Flight 1 (7 notes)
The Gourtorbe was at a great stage of development and drinking really well (fresh with some interesting mature notes). The Navarro was a great value wine with purity of fruit and youthful exuberance. The Morot had a great nose, and the Bruno Rocca showed a lot of potential for growth in the next few years. The Yquem was young and disjointed and needs a lot of time to come together, but it seemed to have an underlying complexity that will eventually emerge. The Climens was the star of the evening, enjoyable to drink throughout all of our courses and balanced at early maturity, though perhaps lacking the little bit of extra complexity that I have found in the best Climens. The 89 Suduiraut was just not interesting, and I'm not sure if it was the wine itself or the recorking at the chateau (the '90s that were recorked are also insipid at best).
Day 4: Lovely wine. Balanced, good acidity, maybe a tad sweet, great value, complex. Reminds me of a Hedgies Late Harvest Riesling from Australia that I loved and drank a lot of for months a few years ago.
Day 2: Yesterday was a little more unique, today is showing a little more nondescript, but this is still a very enjoyable bottle. I have six bottles open right now, and this is the one that I kept coming back to tonight. Great food wine, drink now.
Day 2: Comes across as riper and a little more unbalanced. Supports my note from yesterday that this is overoaked and maybe a bit off-balance. Probably would not purchase since I'm not sure how reliably it will age.
Note: This improved a lot between when I first opened it and 3-4 hours later.
Day 3: The vanilla is more integrated on the nose, still quite rich nose and complex; palate is full bodied, more complex than when first opened with great spice and acidity; finish is a bit longer, short-medium length. I think this is better now than when first opened and will likely improve over 10 years, though I don't think it will ever approach the best Yquem. 92+
Day 6: No longer over-oaked on the nose or palate, this seems to be integrating nicely (but lacks some of the vibrancy that it had when it was first opened). Quite good, a bit more ponderous than other Yquem (less of the fabulous tension between concentration and elegance), but a solid effort and has the potential to improve.
Update Day 3: Held up well with lots of minerality on the nose, some slate; palate is still fresh and enjoyable. Still 92-93.
Day 2: Still not overly flawed, but just not good. I get an odd dried apricot note that isn't that pleasant. An easy pass if offered the chance to purchase.
A quick note on the sauternes: The Yquem was complex but very disjointed and young (and a bit too short on the palate to be truly great) while the Climens was excellently balanced but a tad on the simple side. The best of both worlds would have made for an excellent sauternes.