This opened up very nicely with dried apricot, red apple, a touch of honey and light walnuts; mouth is nice and creamy and yogurty, with a fairly rich body and moderate plus acid, soft and caressing in the attack, but more spine in the back end. Very nice, not especially complex, but lovely mouthfeel and finish. Showing some age for sure, but holding up nicely--but this is ready now. I would not expect this to improve much.
Last in the lot. Pale yellow in color, showing a bit of age. Lemon, flinty nose and a hint flower aroma hiding in the back. Slightly reduced in the mouth with minerality and stone taking charge, lemon, bit of nuts. Mid palate burst into a smooth, flinty finish where the flowers moves to the front. Good one, it is better than Leflaive's Pucelles for 2004.
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(Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes) Light medium yellow color; maturing, ripe pear, poached pear, apple nose; tasty, ripe pear, tart apple, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes) Light medium yellow color; vanilla, ripe lemon, lemon chiffon nose; tasty, tart lemon, fresh citrus, mineral palate with good balance, that takes nearly an hour to fully open up; medium-plus finish
Today's weekend list has a few amazing deals, especially the Friday Focus wine, the 1998 Pruno. This library release has been aged under perfect conditions and the wine is at peak - a great opportunity to purchase aged wine that you can open tonight. Also, more Vieux Telegraphe Blanc - the 2005 is simply amazing wine.
Have a great weekend everyone -
- Jon Rimmerman ******************************* Friday Focus:
1998 Pruno (Tenuta la Palazza) STRICT LIMIT 6/person
Despite a name that conjures up images of shriveled, dried fruit, this wine is anything but. From the mostly unknown Italian region of Emiglia-Romagna, I pulled a bottle of this from my cellar last night and it was just terrific. It's not often that you hit a wine at peak (or very close to it) but this wine is a real pleasure right now and a large contingent of you would feel very fortunate to have this in your midst for a special night. It combines the qausi-Bordelaise style of the best Tuscan wines with a more silky, exotic Cubano-laced personality from the soil and climactic differences in Emiglia-Romagna versus Tuscany proper. This location, on the eastern side of the Apennine mountains makes all the difference (Tuscany lies below and to the west of the Apennines, which trap far more rain and inclement weather). While not a shy wine, the Pruno acts like a mix of Valendraud junior and Solaia with a good dose of breed and elegance. This parcel is directly from the source with perfect provenance.
Parker's drinking window estimate was very conservative - the wine is drinking superbly right now and has buckets of life left in the tank.
We have an excellent price on this wine, even less than in Italy.
This would have been the Friday Special if I had enough quantity but I can say this with confidence - the 2005 la Crau Blanc is going to bowl people over - it's that good. I would rank this as one of the finest unheralded wines on the market and more of you need to discover its grandeur. This is a wine that will make you rethink your buying strategy with regard to grand cru white Burgundy (after trying this ). NO ALLOCATIONS, the margin is too small:
**************************************** 2002 Domaine des Aubuisieres (B. Fouquet) Vouvray "Plan des Jean" STRICT LIMIT 3/person Speaking of dessert wines, this is a vessel for the cellar and it's from the top 2002 vintage - a steal at this price for Moelleux. Allow at least 6-10 years in the cellar. Only 10 cases for the entire US.
2006 Balboa "Cat's Meow" (Walla Walla) STRICT LIMIT 3/person Looking for everyday domestic wine? Lots of you will really like this Malbec blend...
(Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes) Lovely light nose; tightly wound, great quality fruit and great sap, concentration with balance, more minerally than lemon, medium finish 93+ pts.
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