X-Mas Day Wines 2009 (The House): 12/25/09: This wine is remarkably better then the bottle tried 6 months ago. Poured a dark golden color, and I thought I was going to have to open another bottle. But this was surprisingly fresh, with no elements of oxidation. Very well balanced, with the apricoty fruit playing against a slight chalk element, and well balanced wine. Tastes mature, but in no way over the hill. I imagine there's going to be huge bottle variation at this point, but it's worth trying a bottle of this if you can find it for the chance of a wine that drinks as well as this. 90
6/13/09:This kind of veered in different directions. At first, a little oxidized. Then it cleans up and shows amazing fruit for a 10 year old bottle. The fruit kind of goes away over time, but it stays clean and bright, and quite refreshing. No mistaking that this is an older wine, but still interesting. 86
Pale gold color, a bit lighter than I had expected...on the nose, massive aromatics of roasted nuts, lime, mandarin orange, and wet rocks. On the palate, this is surprisingly open...I had thought it might be more closed but this is drinking great right now. Flavors of citrus fruits, honey (but this is bone-dry), nuts, and green tea, with nice underlying minerality. Went very well with some chevre.
Wonderful, taut Savennieres. Beautiful golden color. Good apple and slate on the nose, then morphing into some peach and wet straw with beautiful honey overtones. On the second night this was less sharp and had developed more pronounced honey notes. I loved the subtlety of this wine-initially so simple but with underlying layers of wonderful complexity. Great QPR at around $10-12!!!
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(Domaine des Baumard Savennières) This has a nettly, herbal nose which has some appeal. On the palate though it is exceedingly firm, perhaps even austere. It doesn't seem to have the depth to carry this through, though, and it seems a little hollow on the midpalate as a result. There is no tenderness here, although it may soften in the cellar I suppose.
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