EWG tastes Umami (Umami Burger, Hollywood, CA): Good to see your thoughts echoed in other's notes. 'AustinWineSalon' seems to show the same experience we had. Fat nose of peach cobbler, dried apricots and earth and then vegetal notes coming out with air. The palate felt a bit fat and soft with notes of fig. Very round in the midpalate. Seems like the acidity wasn't high enough this vintage to really support the fruit.
Grand Blanc at Aquarelle French Restaurant (Austin, Texas): This had a wide range of responses from its eighteen tasters, from chemical and disjointed to honeycomb jumping out of the glass. It had a complex, familiar but indefinable, nose, an absence of acidity, and very developed sugars. Some detected a cooked, oxidative characteristic, with asparagus and vegetal notes. Others thought it had pronounced apple and honey flavors. The favorite of one, the least favorite of another.
Acquired at 1/3 normal retail, ...so I'm bummed as much as a guy who paid $16 can be. Clearly oxidized. Rediculously dark color & nose full of raisains & prunes. Similar flavors followed on the palate. Midpalate & finish were still drinkable, but just barely. Pitty, this was probably amazing juice at one time...[13.5% abv.; $16.00].
No formal note - just had a small glass... Very nice. Lighter in color than I was expecting - looks quite youthful for a 1990. An interesting hay component is mixed in with the typical middle-aged Chenin expression of fruit. Will be interesting to see if the '96, for example, heads in this direction...
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