Dinner at MingHin

Chicago, IL

Tasted February 24, 2020 by acyso with 119 views

Flight 1 (24 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bérêche et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve France, Champagne
93 points
From magnum, but I forgot to take down the disgorgement. Brilliant showing, with tart citrus, chalkiness, and a good overall richness. Relatively brighter, and very well-integrated acids.
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White
2015 Massican Annia USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Really exotic nose, with a really pleasant juicy, floral tone, as well as some more wild spicy things. A fairly fresh palate with sufficiently bright acids to give this balance against some of the sweeter floral tones.
White
2015 Edmond Vatan Sancerre Clos la Néore France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
95 points
Probably the best edition of this since the monumental 2010. Very ripe and fleshy, but the sheer density and extract in this wine give this the needed counterweight to this otherwise rich and big-boned wine. As usual, the green notes of the grape have been mercifully obliterated here.
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White
2012 Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Macherelles France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
90 points
Pretty solid white Burgundy; not too reductive but a surprising peachiness here. Not too reductive nor stylized, seems to sit right in the middle of a lot of winemaking choices and ends up pretty enjoyable. Perhaps a little more extracted on the backend, where this shows a hint of bitterness.
White
2008 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
flawed
#17-09, 8% abv. Corked.
White
2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Trout Gulch USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
90 points
Quite good, but next to a white Burgundy, the relatively riper California roots show here. This has a really nice breadth on the palate, but does come off a hint sweeter than I would have really liked. Nonetheless, there's good minerality and acidic drive.
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White
1990 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée Théo France, Alsace
flawed
For a few minutes, this was drinkable -- there was a note of those Taiwanese lychee jellies on the nose, followed by a high-toned spicy kick. Rich and heady, with lots of burn on the finish. But when I revisited this... perhaps the somm sitting next to me said it best: "I'd rather drink a glass of hair."
White
1996 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Goldert France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru
90 points
Sweet and sappy, with a surprisingly pleasant palate. This has definitely some of the lychee tones of the grape here, but it's not too sickly. The palate as expected has low acidity, but this is relatively balanced and still drinkable in small quantities.
White
2016 Anne et Jean-Francois Ganevat Arbois La Flandre France, Jura, Arbois
88 points
Slightly cidery and sappy on the palate; there's a bit of a natty quality to this. Good minerality, but there's a bit of a hollowness on the midpalate that I don't love. The play with Ganevat, of course, is the domaine wines.
Red
1971 Monsecco Gattinara Conte Ravizza Riserva Speciale Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara
93 points
Beautiful, elegantly perfumed nebbiolo from the get-go. Lighter on the nose and palate, with a bit of a floral thing, and some pretty potent acids still. The one strike here is a bit of metallic tinniness on the finish, but it's forgivable in a wine this old; this has certainly held up better than most.
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White
2018 Massican Friuli Colli Orientali Sauvignon Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Friuli Colli Orientali
90 points
Definitely preferred this to the Napa version because this honestly tastes a lot less like the stereotypical sauvignon blanc. There's a gummy candy juiciness on the nose here, with a really happy, bubbly disposition. Not too green, and also good breadth on the palate.
White
2018 Massican Sauvignon Blanc USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
This has a bit of that dichotomy of the riper fruit and green tones that I don't really like in Napa sauvignon blanc. There's a bit of leanness on the palate despite the ripeness in that maybe the acidity here doesn't seem to actually help balance the weight of the wine. This is still nonetheless a solid example, and at the end of the day, my issue is with the grape.
White
2012 Edi Kante Carso Sauvignon Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Carso
80 points
Not sure if this was flawed because I couldn't pick out anything really wrong with it, but this was just unpleasantly thin, tinny, and weedy.
White - Off-dry
2001 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #9 Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
95 points
#09-02, 8% abv. I think the consensus generally has been that Schaefer could have done a little better in 2001, but this bottle bucks that belief. There's a lightness and lift to the fruit that I quite enjoy here, and the 2001 acidity is actually quite prominent here. I've never thought of Schaefer's wines to possess that strong acidic streak, but here it is. Surprisingly resolved and ready to go now.
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White
2019 Massican Sauvignon Blanc USA, California, Napa Valley
Barrel sample. I remember from tasting some white wine barrel samples in the Mosel a few years ago how astringently acidic some of the wines can be; this seems to be in that kind of phase right now. But on top of that, there is some definitely very fun and enjoyable fruit, as well as some herbal notes.
White
2017 Domaine Belluard Gringet Vin de Savoie Le Feu France, Savoie, Vin de Savoie
85 points
Have to say, not sure if this wine is as "fire" as one might expect. Honestly, kind of weird with some kombucha-like thing on the palate. Good acidity, but sort of lacking in flavour.
Red
1982 E. Guigal Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
70 points
A taste that evokes a sweaty undershirt. Next.
Red
1980 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
83 points
Herbs and spice on the nose, with a good dose of VA. Still some dried red fruit on the palate, but this is mostly on its last legs. Coarse, somewhat unyielding tannins and thinning out.
Red
1985 Domaine Santa Duc Gigondas France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
80 points
Distinct, and unpleasant taste of Cool Ranch Doritos on the palate here. Volatile and spicy. This should have been killed off years ago.
Red
2010 Cappellano Barbera d'Alba Gabutti Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba
Exuberantly fruity, but right after that surface, there's this dense core of earthy material, as well as some pretty backwards tannins. Honestly, seems a bit shut down, if that's really a thing for barbera. Sometimes I feel like barbera is just on the cusp of being a noble grape; this is one example of that.
Red
1993 Benanti Etna Rovittello Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
90 points
I think this is technically before Benanti; my notes say "Tenuta di Castiglione". In any case, a really lovely wine with a dried herbal thing that is quite enjoyable. The fruit is still sweet, and there's a nice elegance to the acids here. I may well be deluding myself, but I feel like there's still some of that volcanic soil flavour undergirding this wine.
Red
2007 Long Shadows Wineries Chester-Kidder USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
80 points
From magnum. I can see the somm who brought this saying to me, "you are not the target demographic." How right. The typical Washington blue fruit thing on the nose; it's just as ripe as the modernist Napas, but the blue tone is what makes it distinctly Washington. Heady, ripe, and sweet, and marred on the finish with bitter and astringent oak.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Taittinger Champagne Brut Prestige Rosé France, Champagne
85 points
Serviceable, if uninteresting rose. A touch sweet, and the red fruit here feels almost forced.
Red
2015 Pierre Gonon Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche Les Iles Feray France, Rhône, Ardèche, Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche
90 points
This is probably sitting in a bit of a shut-down phase right now. Nowhere as exuberant and expressive as I remember it being, although for the flyover appellation this is impressively dense; many other producers wish they could make wines like this in St. Joseph itself. The black fruit and solar ripeness are here in spades, but there's also a potentially disconcerting hint of brett here.
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