No Corkage Fee Mondays

Apiary (NYC)

Tasted March 29, 2010 by TheBusiness724 with 612 views

Introduction

Anytime a good restaurant waives its corkage fees, I'm sold. I double decanted the Janasse and the Pontet Canet an hour in advance. Most people, myself included, thought the Pontet Canet was easily the best wine. Good times.

Flight 1 - With Dinner (2 notes)

Red
2003 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
89 points
This was hot and somewhat volatile at first, but settled down after awhile to reveal fruit that was darker than expected, with herbs, garrigue, a grenache-style sweetness, and someone actually said leather. The extra air time did help, which is at least partially reassuring because I have some more of this and I wasn't a fan at first. Maybe with more time in bottle this will stop being disjointed and hot. There is quality and complexity lurking underneath somewhere.
Red
1996 Château Pontet-Canet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
93 points
Nice dark color, looks young. The most prominent scent on the nose was anise, coupled with blackcurrant and earthy elements. Classic Bordeaux palate, still with some tannic grip but entering its drinking window. Smooth and complex with a 20+ second finish. WOTN for me.

Flight 2 - With Dessert (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Suduiraut France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
90 points
Pineapple, peach and apricot on the nose, which for me was unquestionably the best part of this wine. The palate was good, with honey, spice and similar fruits to the nose, but it was definitely sweeter at this stage than I ultimately wanted and the texture left the back of the throat with a tickle - and not really the good kind, but more the one that makes you want to cough. Overall a pretty good wine, but I'm still hoping for some favorable development here over time.
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