NYE with Cathy. Classic Chenin nose of ginger ale, lanolin, honey, apricot and marzipan. Medium sweet, moderate acidity, slightly warm ginger finish. Medium length. I think this was the best bottle yet.
An Evening in the Loire Valley: Westchester Wine School (White Plains, NY): Drank at WWS Loire tasting (my contribution). Dark amber color, Light to medium bodied. Apricot & peachy notes on the nose, slight oxidation that blew off. Decent fruit level, some sweetness but balanced by the wine's avg acidity level. Not particularly long or complex. The wine has held up well and still has a drinking window ahead perhaps for a few years. Note that it was difficult to drink after tasting the Quartz de Chaume that followed it.
Early Christmas with Cathy. Medium yellow-orange. Medium intense nose of dried apricots, honey, tangerine, orange zest/marmalade. Had a touch of corkiness but I don't think it was corked. Fresh, rich -mid-palate, medium sweetness and balanced, medium length. One of the best bottles yet.
Advanced golden color. Sherry nose that quickly blew off. Think rich spatlese sweetness level. It did very well with habanero sauce, but was a tad cloying/rich on its own for me. I could also see it working with cheeses. Certainly a food wine. I would open soon as I don't expect any improvement.
Unusual color, gold with a pinkish hue. Honeysuckle lychee nose. Apricot, honeysuckle, orange blossom on the palate with a hint of lime. Very well balanced. Sweet, but dry enough to drink with a variety of foods.
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(NV Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon La Cuvée Ancienne de Jean Baumard) Light medium golden yellow color; corn syrup, golden raisin, maturing nose; tasty, rich, syrupy, corn syrup, ripe lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(NV Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Cuvée Ancienne de Jean Baumard) Current release. A non-vintage blend of fifteen different vintage wines. Unsurprisingly on the nose this shows complexity, no doubt derived from more mature vintages included. Nevertheless it is very fresh on the palate, gently sweet, elegant. Another wine that needs time in the cellar; five years or so.
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