Dinner with the guys (Hakumai @ International Plaza): Ahh... Final wine of the evening, and finally, the familiar old-world Bordeaux kind of nose... or at least, most of us thought. Plums, earth, tobacco on the nose. Tasted like one too. Dark-red-to-black fruited profile, ink, plums; With good intensity and length too! Wow, was surprised when it was unveiled to be an Italian. This must surely rank as one of Italy's top merlots!
beautiful texture here.similiar to angelus 00.slightly extracted wine.gd energy of red fruits.lots if acidity to support.veri well integrstion.nice balance. bright wine.the onli setback,lack of complexity
The Angelus Challenge (Extra Space): Tasted blind. Pop and poured. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of sweet licorice, red cherries, red plums, savory tomato, and something unique which a friend mentioned as jackfruit. Developed. On the palate, dry, lovely bright high acidity, medium alcohol, extremely silky smooth roll-off-the-palate kind of medium tannins, full body. Pronounced flavour intensity, with flavours of sweet licorice, red cherries, red plums, savory tomato. Long finish. So good I finished my first glass effortlessly, even forgetting to record my tasting note till subsequent glasses. Outstanding quality, excellent Italian 100% Merlot. So effortless in the mouth. I could drink this all day and night. Drink up, no need for further ageing.
A Japanese New Year's Day, 2014 (Megumi, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore): My first time trying a Vigna l'Apparita, and from a magnum no less. It's reputation rather precedes it, but I must say that while it was a decently good wine, I was far from blown away. The nose had a ripe feel on it, with slightly roasted notes of plums and blackberries seasoned with dried herbs and spice, with a whiff of dusty earth and some sweet tobacco notes at the sides. Pretty nice. But while the palate was pretty good as well, I felt it lacked a bit of soul. Here, we had rich flavours of plums and blackberries held in fine tannins and bright tomato-ish acidity, which gave the wine a fresh, open feel. Nice finish too, with a brush of spice and herb. For some reason though, it came across as a little one-dimensional, almost as it there was more to the wine that it was just not willing to show on the day. Maybe this simply needed a lot more time, but it was not all that special on the day. One to put aside and try again in 6-8 years time I think, at least in a magnum format.
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