Jua, wine pairing, May 8, 2021

E. 22nd St., New York, NY

Tasted May 10, 2021 - May 11, 2021 by talbot61 with 109 views

Flight 1 (1 note)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis-sur-Loire Tradition Brut France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire
90 points
With Caviar Kim -- rice and tuna wrapped in crispy nori, topped with caviar: Nicely balanced, light bodied, with fine bubbles (though, because it was served by the glass in a restaurant, I don't know how long it had been open). There is a distinct honey element in the taste. Overall, easy to drink and a very good value.

Flight 2 (1 note)

2014 Clos Floridene Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves
92 points
With Jook, a bowl of rice porridge with foie gras and scallops: This is more like a new-world sauvignon blanc, offering an array of tropical fruit flavors -- pineapple, mango, passion fruit, grapefruit -- but without the sometimes offputtingly herbal elements, and with some of the semillon softness. Overall, it is a delicious wine, and an excellent value. The 2014 is perfect for drinking now.
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Flight 3 (1 note)

2018 Raul Pérez Godello Bierzo Ultreia Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo
89 points
With confit of Arctic char, over fish fumet, with leeks and asparagus: This seemed all the more minerally and nutty in contrast to the tropical-fruity sauvignon-semillon we had right before. This is a full-bodied, somewhat austere wine with moderate acidity -- it's like the rhythm section for the food.

Flight 4 (1 note)

2012 R. López de Heredia Rioja Crianza Viña Cubillo Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
89 points
With grilled lamb medallion and assorted Korean vegetables (including bean leaves with sesame, cabbage kimchee, and soy-marinated morel): The Rioja designation may be slightly misleading, as this is a lighter wine, with a significant portion of Grenache. It has some of the oakiness of the Lopez de Heredia riservas, but not quite the all-encompassing dry richness of those wines, though it also avoids all the sweetness of many Spanish Grenache wines. That being said, the Grenache and Tempranillo here create an energizing partnership, lighter-bodied, nicely structured, easy to drink, with flavors of wood, tobacco and mushrooms.
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Flight 5 (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2017 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Late Harvest Hungary, Tokaji
88 points
With the two desserts, yuja (yuzu) ice cream and coconut, and a glazed doughnut: A relatively light version of sweet tokaji, not less sweet but less rich. Well-balanced and tasty.
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