John comes to town! (Amali (115 E 60th Street, NY, NY)): As with everything else Manfred does, his whites seem to be a bit polarizing. We brought this to a large offline gathering and one of the folks at the table was quick to note it was not his cup of tea (although declined to part with the remainder in his glass). For me, it was lovely. Playful wine, very interesting, constantly changing and evolving. A bit better when it was closer to room temp (we had it stored @ 58 degrees so not served the traditional white cold). Hard to capture all of the flavors but creamy and floral and slightly acidic and hints of lime and honey. Just beautiful. I say the 1992 Montelena and the 2003 Joseph Phelps were my WOTN since I skew red, but this could compete with them.
A blend of 71% Roussanne and 29% Viognier. Dark gold color with an incredibly bright nose of fresh mandarin orange slices, lemon zest, and oaky tropical fruits. The palate is more mature with a thick oily texture that reveals flavors of burnt creme brûlée, toasted almonds, and buttery melon. Fully developed, ready to drink, and potentially on the decline.
A lovely white with complex, honeyed overtones. Went beautifully with seafood, fresh and unadorned. It was a tad straightforward next to the Kolibri but that's being spoilt for choice with both of them on the table.
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