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2017 Faiveley Bourgogne Joseph Faiveley Pinot Noir
6/26/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
85 points
Brought this to Chef Teo's for lunch with a very close colleague for her birthday celebration. We had wagyu beef to pair with this wine.

Crimson reddish pink in colour with bright, vibrant notes of cherries, strawberries and cranberries filled the glass with delight.

Well integrated with uplifting energy while providing an oasis of charm and serenity. Nothing really wrong with this wine; just needs a bit more time to integrate and come together.
  • stayhappy21 commented:

    9/4/20, 9:27 PM - Good question. Over the course of the lunch, the elements came together quite nicely in the glass to pair with the food. However, if you have a bottle on hand do consider giving it a few more years in the bottle because this wine will benefit from further ageing.

2004 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
8/3/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
90 points
Drank this at Yummy Palace with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with A.

Bottle breathed for 30 minutes. Would have benefitted from a longer decant. Dark, rich purple in colour with ripe plums and thick coffee with thin mint on the nose and palate. Elements well integrated with the wine delivering a balanced profile; new world styled Bordeaux and probably on of the best in its class.

This is a really well crafted wine and highly enjoyable at this stage. Can still wait for another 5 to 10 years before opening. Do give it a good decant before consumption.
  • stayhappy21 commented:

    8/4/20, 2:08 AM - Mhbeaune, you are right: it's an Australian wine.

2017 Yellow Tail Shiraz South Eastern
6/13/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Opened a bottle to share with my spouse at home over a lamb chop from Rogers during lunch.

Dark brooding purple in colour with bright notes of cherries, blueberries, cheddar, mocha and cranberry sauce. Juicy with a sweeter than usual finish.

Paired this with a home cooked striploin. Poured a little to cook and stew the meat and the result was juicy, tender steak.
  • stayhappy21 commented:

    6/30/20, 2:37 AM - Thank you for your comments. Yes, I do enjoy tasting (and sharing my findings on) a wide range of wines. Hope you are enjoying your wines too! :)

2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Our 40th Harvest Sangiovese
8/11/2018 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Brought this to a wine dinner with a group of wine enthusiasts at East Ocean Teochew Restaurant last night.

Decanted for 1.5 hours before serving. Dark purple in colour with a nose filled with plums and elderflowers.

On the palate the wine was tight and closed. Not much flavour extraction and the tannins were still having a strong presence. Good potential but weak on delivery.

As compared to the last bottle, this bottle did not live up to expectation. Would either wait for a while before opening the next bottle, or let it breathe for a longer period of time before serving the next time.
  • stayhappy21 commented:

    8/18/18, 7:54 AM - Totally agreed. Will either give the next bottle more time in the cellar, or the decanter.

2010 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/26/2018 - stayhappy21 wrote:
92 points
Tasted this wine at the Chateau Branaire-Ducru Tasting with Francois-Xavier Maroteaux at the Tower Club as part of the International Congress of Chinese Cuisine & Wine (ICCCW).

Dark red ruby with an aromatic, overwhelming nose. Juicy, fruity, balanced with elegance and a long life ahead. Thick, full-bodied and well-structured.
  • stayhappy21 commented:

    6/1/18, 12:55 PM - Agreed. This wine is still young and has very good aging potential. Do open your bottle in time to come and share your tasting note with us.

White - Off-dry
2007 Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben-Thanisch) Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
1/3/2015 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Opened this wine for a gathering with close friends tonight at home.

Wine opened with a kerosene and lime nose. On the palate the wine was dense and somewhat concentrated.

We paired this with a brownie cake and ice-cream.
  • stayhappy21 commented:

    2/9/18, 2:24 AM - Thanks for your comment. What would you pair with the wine

  • stayhappy21 commented:

    3/1/18, 5:38 AM - Thanks for the recommendations.. Will try the combination sometime in the future.. And thank you for the cooking recipes too! Cheers!

2004 James Irvine Merlot Grand Merlot Eden Valley
6/14/2016 - stayhappy21 wrote:
94 points
Drank this at My Dining Room last night with a group of wine enthusiasts. Theme of the night: Merlot or predominately Merlot wines.

Bottle breathed for 8 hours followed by 2 hours in the decanter. Had some experience with this wine so am giving it a more air than before to test the effect of breathing on its quality.

As compared to previous tastings, this wine is more ready and ripe. The energy is shining brightly with an abundance of ripe red fruits, liquorice, figs, leather and wooden cupboards.

Resemblance to Barossa Shiraz is unmistakable, probably due to the terroir. This wine has a nice, long and smooth finish.
  • stayhappy21 commented:

    6/19/16, 2:25 AM - The extra breathing has benefitted the wine, making it more approachable and ready to drink. However, not everyone appreciates the extra 'oxidized' stage. Do test it at different stages to compare which style of oxidation do you prefer for the wine.

2004 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
2/2/2016 - stayhappy21 wrote:
91 points
Drank this tonight at Gattopardo with a group of wine enthusiasts.

Wine was closed in the mouth when first opened, but showed much better after 2 hours of breathing.

Big in structure with notes of ripe red fruits, prunes and some cherries. Some sweet notes followed by some mocha and vanilla and oak flavours. Gentle on the mid-palate with a lush, warm and silky texture.

A very well crafted wine which is suitable for pairing with steak, lamb and pork.
  • stayhappy21 commented:

    2/4/16, 8:02 PM - You're welcomed. This is a fine wine with a long life ahead. Well into its drinking window with a bright future. Wait and hold if you can. Decant and let it breathe if you can't. Enjoy!

2008 Domaine la Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Signature Red Rhone Blend
4/21/2015 - stayhappy21 wrote:
90 points
Drank this wine at Imperial Treasure Nan Bei (Ngee Ann City) today with my close friend from the University days.

Colour is purple, with a seductive and perfumed nose. Body is well integrated with small ripe berries (cherries and strawberries) and eucalyptus plus a hint of sweetness.

What stood out in this wine is despite its young age, it is very rounded with a nice concentration. Powerful yet not overpowering. Good intensity, structure but lacking in complexity.

Nevertheless, a good quality wine which should last another 5 to 10 years in the bottle.
  • stayhappy21 commented:

    4/22/15, 8:40 PM - Noted that 2008 is a difficult year for Northern Rhone, and that's what the winemakers and reviewers commented about the vintage too. On the palate, the wine feels fresh and young, with the structure and body holding up very nicely. Should be able to last longer than the recommended drinking period.

2007 Emiliana Coyam Colchagua Valley Red Blend
2/14/2014 - stayhappy21 wrote:
91 points
Drank this during a family dinner tonight.

Wet rocks, fresh mushrooms and forest floor. Very different from the 2006 I had 2 years ago. This version is more rustic and down to earth, as compared to the 2006 which is more refined and elegant.
  • stayhappy21 commented:

    2/15/14, 12:43 AM - Thank you for your interest.
    I am a fan of Emiliana wines, especially the Coyam, and comparing the 2006 with the 2007 was a meaningful and insightful experience.
    Hope you enjoy your wines too.

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