Wines with biryani (Milford, CT): This was utterly breathtaking; so much drive and punch. Very sleek, svelte and shimmering on the palate with perhaps the most minerality I've encountered in a wine for some time. The endless finish was a lip-pursing, saline, and drenched with wet stones. Wow.
This is in the zone. Just an absolutely spectacular bottle of wine, drinking superbly right now with an array of ripe orchard fruits, lemon cream, mature smokiness, and a remarkably vivid stony/saline mineral character. Each sip seems to start with fruit up front, but turns savoury and rocky on the back end, leaving the impression that this came partly from fruit and partly from a rock quarry. The balance is impeccable, with powerful acidity keeping it really fresh and light on its feet, and incredible length.
My second bottle of the nice little 1999 Austrian horizontal I recently acquired. It's brighter and more vivacious than bottle #1, the Jamek Klaus, the fruit here all lemons and pineapples and bright neon yellow with just a slight bit of kerosene as a hint of its age. It's laced with a chalkiness that contributes to its sense of freshness, along with a ripping, serrated texture.
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