Dinner at Home (Our House, Hong Kong): Opened for 2 hours before serving. Rich honeysuckle gold colour. The nose is gorgeously light and fresh acacia honey honeysuckle and whisps of temple smoke....much lighter and more spohisticated than previous bottles from this case. Palate is similar freshness and elegant balance of honey and mouthwatering citrus before the bass organ comes in at the finish with a wonderful reverberence and length. It's a pity that there seems to be so much bottle variance even within the same case.....reviewing my prior tasting notes, I find it hard to believe that they describe the same wine. Hopefully, more ageing is bringing greater freshness.....but I suspect that it is something agricultural in the winemaking that is just allowing too much variance.
My detailed notes posted yesterday got lost in Cellartrackers' "Great Outage" of October 6 2013. Anyway, initial colour of bright and vibrant green gold that curiously went to bright and alive rich gold within an hour of opening. Nose was initially very "cork-ish" and never quite went away despite the arrival of warm melted butter and warm lemon rind as the wine opened. Palate had a very nice entry of crisp citric acid and some minerality but went flat in the middle and dumb on the back end as the temperature rose and an overly oaky and stomach-burning acidity emerged. The corkiness also re-emerged on the finale. No length and definitely no resonance. Overall, very agricutural compared to what one expects from such a normally good producer. Each bottle I have opened from the same case in the past 2 years has shown a downward decline.
A much more straw gold colour than the first bottle of the case I drank a year ago. Slightly sulfurous nose that didn't blow off over time....fresh-melted butter and hints of oyster shell and ozone in the background. Palate has a classy buttery mellowness to it and is very well integrated with a lemon rind citrussy element and a back end of crushed oyster shells and other seashells. Good acidic cut. Moderate finish and length but it is in there somewhere. I suspect that this may be in a brooding teenager stage at the moment.....or maybe I should have decanted it. Nothing like as good as when first drank a year ago....but I will suspend judgement with 10 bottles remaining.
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