Nice way to end a lovely Friday evening in Sag Harbor. Much lighter in color and less thick than a bottle of 2005 Guiraud Sauternes I opened two nights prior with James and Nancy. This is more pineapple and lighter toned than the darker, thicker, more hedonistic Guiraud. Marmelade notes. The sweetness is in check. With vanilla crumb cake from the local farmers market. Sag Harbor with the Zanks.
Lovely creaminess and refinement still, though my feeling is that in half bottle format this wine has now hit middle age and is no longer as primary as the full bottles. Very nice, only I feel something has been lost and I'm not sure it will ever be compensated for fully by the promise of complexity that might come with age.
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(Chateau Doisy-DaŽne Barsac) This has a smoky, mineral nose with a very pure candied fruit character which I find very stylish. Rich, velutinous and creamy, but with a minerally and chalky edge, this has a warm and welcoming nature. Just a little botrytis behind it. Lots of texture, just not quite as concentrated as I would have liked. Very good though.
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