Now this was spectacular and much much better than the first bottle I had the other day. Fabulous sweetness of maple, honeycomb, filigreed acidity and bitterness of bitter orange and grapefruit. Fabulous.
Huet Evening, Including 1947 Haut Lieu (San Francisco): Deep yellow with some orange. Citric and light bodied at first, somewhat disjointed, this really gained weight over time, but it never became perfectly smooth and integrated. Some almond kernel bitterness. Little botrytis. Amazingly young, and it only seemed more so as it opened. Better than my first bottle of this several years ago, but not great. Compared to other dessert wines, the weight is very satisfying, though.
Mostly French Dinner in Honor of Ken Birman (Conduit, San Francisco): Fantastic orange tinged amber color. Nose is equally fantastic, with ginger, other spices, pear, honey, and caramel. Intense yet delicate flavors, not too sweet, some almond on the finish, and strong balancing acidity. This does not bowl you over with massive concentration or power, but it has held up exceptionally well. (The night after, a strong scent of orange marmalade)
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