Hokkaido Supper at Kat and Yuwen's (Kat and Yuwen's): This had not gotten great reviews in the past, but served blind, I actually thought it was quite good. It had a lovely nose, with dried flowers and fragrant spice, sweet berries and cassis, all ringed with smoky tobacco and a kiss of green herbs. Very attractive. We must have gotten a well-kept bottle, because the palate was still super youthful, with fresh acidity and fine, powdery tannins still asserting a prickly presence amidst yummy flavours of cassis and blueberries resting on a bed of earth with just a touch of meatiness at the edges. It is certainly not the most complex of wines at this age, and I would probably describe as mid-weight rather than powerful, but there was still a nice depth and energy showing as the wine glided across the palate in a gentle yet insistent fashion. There was decent length on the finish as well, with shades of spice and bramble trailing of into just slightly drying territory. This would probably have been better 10 years ago, but our bottle was still holding up well and quite pleasurable indeed.
I had the same problem as "abh" below - cork was dried out and stuck to the bottle. I did a terrible job removing it, so I was forced to decant through a screen to clean out the wine. At first I feared oxidation, but after about 15 minutes or so, the wine came to life and was more lively. Definitely brick in color with a nose of grass, cedar and strawberry. It later showed some anise on both the nose and palate. Much lighter body than I expected and the fruit was still there, but well hidden. It went nicely with our meal, but was a bit muted to be enjoyed on its own. Left in open decanter overnight, tasted the next morning - no improvement. Really not in bad shape overall, but I was expecting a bit more.
Mature wines (FOF): Some dark red color at the center but brown is dominating. Caramel, brown sugar, iron and earth aromas. On the palate it has some blackcurrant, prunes and raisin. More dried fruit, prunes, on the midpalate, but also some pencil shavings. Good body, length and balance - really a well aged Bordeaux. Just beautiful. But the tannins are mellow, and just bordering dryness and down hill - drink now.
Cork completely dried out at the top and stuck to the side of the bottle as well - had to be excavated. Despite that in great shape, no sign of oxidization at all. Slight old book dustiness on the nose. Very soft and supple in the mouth, not primary at all of course but a lot of depth still. Cork willing, probably a good few years left and another really interesting old old school wine.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.