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Tasting Notes for ManhattanBeach

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Red
1/23/2022 - ManhattanBeach wrote:
Have been disappointed in the past, but gave this a longer 1.5hr decant in magnum decanter (more surface area) and paired it with fatty steak in creamy sauce. Much better.
Red
Really lovely high-altitude chianti, lighter in style (no tar or licorice here), and very harmonious - fruit leather, some smoke and violets, well-balanced. Enjoyed.
White - Sweet/Dessert
A private dinner at Home House: Apricot and marzipan, deep golden colour. Served with tarte tatin.
White
1/18/2022 - ManhattanBeach wrote:
A private dinner at Home House: Maybe this is too young or was served too cold, but I didn't get the richness others have described for previous vintages. Didn't feel like a standout.
White - Sparkling
We just found this overwhelmingly sweet.
Red
Brought on a Caribbean holiday in a suitcase on a plane, kept at normal room temp for a while, then chilled down to fridge temperature and decanted. Barbarous, I know. Not the best way to observe a variety of delicate nuances. Notwithstanding which it developed significantly in the glass over time / as it warmed up a bit. Clear Pommard muscularity, and good energy.
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White
at Méditerraneo Eden Roc. Really enjoyed this; zippy and fresh, grapefruit pith, depth and interest.
Red
By the glass at Méditerraneo Eden Roc. Paired with chateaubriand. Preferred to the Phelps Napa cab tried alongside. Deep classic Sangiovese, good age and depth, really enjoyed.
Red
By the glass (Coravin) at Méditerraneo Eden Roc. With Chateaubriand. Big and dark, strong blackcurrant leaf element, classic cab.
White
Terrific, spicy, textured, great match with Indian takeaway, all loved and would seek out again.
Red
£78/btl at Christopher's. Full, luscious, glossy, lovely creamy texture. Very Bolgheri. Very good.
Red
£109/btl at Noble Rot. Some spritz at first that didn't really dissipate until the final glass - should this have been decanted? That final glass was luscious and poised, deep-coloured and full-bodied, lovely texture.
Red
At the Hollywood Arms. The name (of the wine) says it all and it definitely delivers on that promise. Big, smooth, rich, vanilla and chocolate.
White
At the Hollywood Arms. Enjoyed this more than I expected. Decanter's reference to its subtlety is fair - for the genre. It's still a NZ SB with plenty of zest.
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Red
By the glass at the Royal Oak. Black fruit and spice. Better than expected.
Red
Agree that this doesn't need more time. PnP with rare roast beef and we found this enjoyable: deep, blood and leather, tobacco and dried cherries, appealing classic aged Brunello profile.
White - Sparkling
11/18/2021 - ManhattanBeach wrote:
By the glass at Maison Francois, St James's. Enjoyable if unremarkable
White
11/18/2021 - ManhattanBeach wrote:
£80/half at Maison Francois, St James's. Nice body and texture but something almost of petrol on the nose.
White - Sparkling
By the glass at Ozwalds. Effortless, Decanter's description of a "creamy, toasty core" which is "energetic, vital and brimming with potential" is spot on. Very enjoyable.
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Red
The only thing I had to hand which I thought could follow the 2014 Tignanello. Stood up surprisingly well and did not suffer from the comparison. All loved. Seek out.
White - Sparkling
We continue to really like this. Pinot Noir dominated and everything that comes with it; big, ripe, red fruits, really lovely.
White
£46/btl at 67 Pall Mall, recommendation of the somm to go with what we'd ordered. V interesting - butter - richness without oak or vanilla or spice. Nice lemon curd. Restrained despite the ripeness, harmonious.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
From 75cl bottle, served with plum frangipane. I liked this a lot although G wasn't sure. Dried apricot, almond paste, deep (oak). I love that Decanter describes it as having a 'rare books edge'
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White
Enjoyed this more than I expected. A degree of honey and body, but still clean and fresh. VG.
White - Sparkling
£14/glass at 67 Pall Mall. Very clean and pure and fresh BdB, with depth from age but without richness - a lot of interest. Lean. Very fine and strong mousse adds to the energy. Arresting.
Red
£11/glass at Noble Rot Soho. Dark and whole. Some smokiness, grilled meat. Enjoyed but not sure I would seek out.
White
£59/btl at Noble Rot Soho, with roast chicken in sauce morels. Softened quickly in the glass. Great example of the style, oxidative and fresh and lovely.
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White - Sparkling
£12/glass at Noble Rot Soho. Didn’t seem as distinctive as its age and name might suggest.
Rosé - Sparkling
R&F brought to Ramsden. Consistent with previous. Really enjoyed.
Rosé
Red currant, tart finish. Interesting.
White - Sparkling
The only champagne on the list at Megan's (£65/btl). Good and versatile - rich enough to stand up to the spice, balanced enough to drink on its own.
White - Sparkling
Deep gold. Rich, bold, red fruits and buttered brioche toast. Big (rather than delicate) and delicious.
White
Buttered toast and lime zest, nicely put together, good value.
White
7/21/2021 - ManhattanBeach wrote:
67 Pall Mail summer party (St James’s Square, London): Agree with ProfByron - this is textbook, which means something is missing. Maybe that something is interest.
Red
67 Pall Mail summer party (St James’s Square, London): Wine of the night. Real depth and interest.Smoked tobacco, dried fruit, prunes, really opened up over the evening, lovely.
Red
67 Pall Mail summer party (St James’s Square, London): Classic profile on the nose but this felt sickly by the end and I couldn’t finish it.
White
67 Pall Mail summer party (St James’s Square, London): Very interesting, savoury borderline dark shading in to bitter. Grapefruit? Full bodied.
White
67 Pall Mail summer party (St James’s Square, London): This was amazing. Nose and initial sense on the palate proffered big, rich, unctuous weight, but it pivots halfway and is long and lean and clean. Really good.
White
67 Pall Mail summer party (St James’s Square, London): Grilled nuts and caramel on the nose, lovely soft texture, very clean on the finish. Generous rather than austere, while still very clean and fresh. Really enjoyed this.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Taittinger Prelude Champagne Grand Cru Champagne Blend (view label images)
67 Pall Mail summer party (St James’s Square, London): Served from magnum. Very fresh tonight, elegant and pure.
White - Sparkling
Champagne play date, from magnum. 75% pinot noir, 15% chardonnay, 10% Meunier. 55% from 2017, 45% reserve wines from 2016, 2015, Solera 2010. Bottled April 2018, disgorged Dec 2020. Deliciously savoury and biscuit, strong effervescence, lovely crisp finish.
Red
A farewell dinner for friends (La Famiglia): Would probably have benefited from a short decant. Classic profile, light-bodied and quite delicate.
White - Sparkling
7/14/2021 - ManhattanBeach wrote:
87 points
A farewell dinner for friends (La Famiglia): House champagne (and described as such on the list). Crisp green apple, very effervescent. Not particularly memorable but fulfilled a role.
Rosé
I quite liked this - deeper pink than fashionable, but cheerful bright cherry, a good bit of structure, some body but crisp finish. Decanter gave it 90pts.
White
7/12/2021 - ManhattanBeach wrote:
I found this a bit rich and opulent, although G thought it was ok.
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