A business dinner (Wijnkoperij Okhuysen, Haarlem, NL): According to Dutch importer Xavier Kat, this was still oxidative and closed only six months ago. Tonight is was really singing. Open and expressive but stylish and refined, silky and harmonious, with the beautiful freshness of the cooler 2008 vintage, wonderfully fresh and floral, good weight, rich but with a firm mineral core, heather honey on the finish, oak just peeping over the parapet, very good length.
Magnum night in the CLE (The Penthouse at IMG Headquarters in Downtown Cleveland): What a great contrast to the Rhys. Deeper gold in color. I was concerned serving a Mag of this at age 8 might be shut down , but this was in a great place. Its hard to ever judge the life cycles of these wines, but I am not sure it is ever better but maybe different. The nose has a bit of almonds which some took as oxidized. I think that is more the nature of this wine. Also plenty of fruit. Some citrus, bits of ginger and even a hint of bitters. On the palate, this has layers of complexity. Slightly nutty with canned peaches yet good acidity. Its a roller coaster of a wine although it may not get to the heights of some other vintages. A real treat and in a different way, worked quite well with some of the food.
Chave-a-thon (Trentina's): In what is generally thought of as a weak vintage, this is very good. Worth the money? That depends on your budget, but this is very good. At this stage, it is complex with vanilla and slightly honeyed notes on the nose. Maybe some almonds. On the palate, this is open and drinking quite well. Slightly waxy and minerally. Some pears and lemons. A really nice wine today.
TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): This reminds me a bit of Clos Rougeard Brézé, nicely aged chenin. Expressive but relatively straightforward nose of ripe yellow fruits, grapefruit, tangerine, marzipan lanoline, honey and mineral. Medium concentration, ripe yellow fruit and honey driven palate impression, not much acidity and sweet medium finish. This particular bottle is quite expressive and at its peak which is a pleasant surprise. Drinking extremely well.
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(Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc) Light medium yellow color; focused, intense, tart quince, bitter lemon, lemon rind, pineapple, white pepper nose; rich, oily textured, pineapple, lemon cream, mineral palate; needs 5-plus years and will go 20+; long finish
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