RJ’s wine dinner – random wines – Krug, Salon, Leroy, Truchot, Dujac, La Turque, Chave, SQN and etc. (Mon Ami Gabi - Reston, VA): Although there is a hint of soft and decadent fruit expression, the wine is quite dark and dense for a Truchot. Ripe yet fresh red fruit driven nose, cherry and raspberry, also noticeable floral note, smoke, mineral and earth. The palate is pretty dense, sappy sweet fruits, bright acidity and noticeable but nicely integrated tannins. Despite being ripe, this is fresher and younger than the 01 Leroy CDR. This is a decadent wine with nicely layered delicate sweet fruits. The fruit expression is not terribly complex but it is hard to complain as the wine is so darn delicious. Still showing young but quite enjoyable.
Mike Grammer Comes to Town (Dino, Washington DC): Probably the most controversial wine at dinner on this night. A handful of us thought this was flawed while another handful thought it was correct. Sadly, I was in the flawed camp with Mike and Kevin - citing a VERY subtle corked tone on the nose. To me, the palate didn't show the cardboard note that usually accompanies the pine-sol nose but others picked it up. I got a nice brothy-ness on the palate with dark florals, red berries and some charcoal. Thanks to Maureen for bringing this along!
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