Tasting Notes for stayhappy21

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Red
9/22/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Opened this at Yaowarat Seafood over lunch with a university mate.

Vibrant purple in colour with a brilliant bouquet on the nose. Notes of wild violets, ripe plums
Red
9/20/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
84 points
Opened this at Tonny's Restaurant to celebrate a mate's birthday with my army buddies.
White
9/20/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Opened this at Tonny's Restaurant to celebrate a mate's birthday with my army buddies.

Straw gold in colour with a nice relaxing nose comprising of tropical fruits (guava, passion fruits), green apples, fresh grass in the wind, lemon and a touch of cream.

Slightly heavier in body as compared to the NZ Sauvignon Blancs with good amount of acidity. Composed and very likeable.
White - Sparkling
9/17/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Opened a bottle at home to celebrate my elder son's 12th birthday.

Wine is starting to show its age. Gold in colour with a rich, continuous effervescence. Slightly heavier on the palate than I remembered. Notes of toast, yeast and some white fruits.

A well-crafted wine with character.
White
9/13/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
90 points
Opened this at home over dinner with my spouse, her sister and our kids. We had pan-fried salmon, oven grilled salmon, pan-fried baby potatoes and baked beans.

Deep gold in colour with a nose of floral, malts and tropical fruits. Some peaches and honeysuckle on the nose and palatte as well. Some hints of cream, fats and layers of flavours. Made up of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette, this wine delivers complexity and dimensions as the wine evolved throughout the evening.

A very affordable and pleasurable wine to pair with fish, poultry and vegetables.
Red - Fortified
9/2/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
90 points
Drank this at Kam Boat with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with B.

Criomson red in colour, with very fragrant floral notes on the nose. Beautiful wine which has aged very gracefully with an amazing maturity and pleasantry. Wines which are 30 years or older usually have sour plum notes, or odor that comes with extensive aging. This wine has none of them.

Soft, gentle, feminine, and charming.
Red
9/2/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
85 points
Drank this at Kam Boat with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with B.

Southern Rhone blend from South Africa with a chocolaty finish. Made up of Syrah (69%), Grenache (13%), Cinsault (9%), Cabernet Sauvignon (8%), and Viognier (1%), the blend has a distinct chocolate character with a good solid structure. Some coffee, toffee and mocha notes as well with a smooth finish with reminiscences of spices.
Red
9/2/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Drank this at Kam Boat with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with B.

A basic and entry-level Barbaresco. Dark purple in colour with fresh fruits fragrance on the nose. For a young Nebbiolo, the tannins were resolved and manageable. Smooth and easy-drinking in style.
Red
9/2/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
92 points
Drank this at Kam Boat with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with B.

A Brunello made in the more traditional style. Brickish red in colour with notes of wild mushrooms, ripe plums and a touch of coffee. More relaxed in style and charming in nature as compared to the 04 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino.

Should be a good pair to roasted chicken and tomato-based pizza.
Red
9/2/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Drank this at Kam Boat with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with B.

A modern take on Brunello. Dark brooding purple in colour with notes of violets, blueberries, cherries and a touch of varnish. Good structure and well crafted.
White
9/2/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Drank this at Kam Boat with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with B.

Straw yellow in colour with a nice nose comprising of lemons, sea salt, fresh apples and green pears, and white elderflowers.

On the palate the wine has a good balance between freshness and acidity, and minerals coupled with citrus fruits.

Very good wine.
Red
9/2/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
90 points
Opened this at Kam Boat with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with B.

Dark purple in colour with fragrant notes of plums, ripe berries, dark chocolate, eucalyptus and a mild touch of mint.

Very well integrated at this point of time with all the elements singing in harmony. Finish is shorter than expected with the flavours rather muted and short on expression. Overall a good wine but the company had higher expectations of The Tally Reserve.
Red
2015 Antinori Chianti Classico Villa Antinori Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/29/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Drank from a half bottle at Da Luca Italian Restaurant over lunch with my spouse. We ordered a Wagyu steak to pair with the wine.

Dark purple in colour with a beautiful bouquet on the nose. Nice fresh plums and ripe sour cherries and blueberries and raspberries. Good structure with chewy tannins that is friendly and easy on the palate.

Well made and well balanced.
Red
8/26/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
90 points
Brought this to Chin Lee today for lunch with my best friend from the university days. We had braised goose, prawn omelette, sio bee and chai po kway teow.

Dark purple in colour and wine showed very well this afternoon. Good intensity and finesse with moderate levels of sweetness and integrated spices, bouquet on the nose, ripe blueberries, cassis, and blackcurrant. Wine delivers great pleasure and satisfaction.

What was impressive is that the wine is holding very well at 14 years of age and not showing any signs of ageing or slowing down. Still lively and holding well, this wine should continue to age well for another 3 to 5 years.
Rosé - Sparkling
8/23/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Opened this during lunch at my in-laws place. We had food from Yummy Palace and Peng's Catering.

Girlish pink in colour with sweet, bubble-gum like aromatic nose. Nice fizz with moderate sweetness balanced with acidity and a lush finish.

What I really like about this wine is its ability to pair with a wide range of food items (think deep-fried fish skin, roasted duck, kurabuto pork, pan-fried foie gras and pork ragu pasta) and elevate the dining experience.
Red
8/23/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Opened this during lunch at my in-laws place. We had food from Yummy Palace and Peng's Catering.

Dark purple in colour with notes of ripe plums, rich blueberries, tobacco, and black spices. Very well integrated at the moment and has some resemblance of a well crafted Bordeaux right bank. While the wine delivers some levels of complexity and pleasure, the structure and depth is lacking.

Velverty mouthfeel with a lingering finish.
Red
8/13/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
91 points
Tasted this during the Dog Point Tasting with Matt Sutherland organised by Wine Exchange Asia.

Burgundy, crimson-red in colour. Strawberry, cherry, raspberries, red berries on the nose, with a chewy, creamy palate with nice waxy, complex profile with depth and dimensions. Light and rounded but not featherweight; this wine can hold its own against other Pinots from other parts of the world. The purity of the fruit is showing really well.

Approachable at this stage but this wine can easily hold for another 5 years.
White
8/13/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
90 points
Tasted this during the Dog Point Tasting with Matt Sutherland organised by Wine Exchange Asia.

Dull gold in colour with a sharp, focused nose. Some butter and fats to give it a pleasing and all-rounded profile; Burgundy like texture without the complexity and pretentiousness; this wine presents quality, without compromise, straightforward.

New Zealand Chardonnay has come a long way during the past 10 years. Made in a totally different style from the US and Australian versions (where the oak tend to be more pronounced) and French Burgundy (where the wine tends to be more delicate and complex), NZ Chardonnays tend to focus on the purity of fruit and sharpness of the wine. This is a refreshing style which can bring in new fans who are looking for something else in addition to the New Zeland Sauvignon Blanc, which has won fans all over the world.
White
8/13/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
91 points
Tasted this during the Dog Point Tasting with Matt Sutherland organised by Wine Exchange Asia.

An outstanding wine that completely overwhelms the nose and palate. Sharp, with a razor-like focus, this wine presents straw gold with a nose filled with a fresh bouquet, fresh tropical fruits, fresh minerals, fresh herbs, and a touch of sea salt.

Very pleasing on the nose and palate with oak, cut grass and white stone fruits.
White
8/13/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Tasted this during the Dog Point Tasting with Matt Sutherland organised by Wine Exchange Asia.

Straw gold in colour with lots of freshness and acidity. One of the speakers commented that this wine presented lots of saltiness from the sea and this coupled with the clean, crisp finish presents a quality and wholesome everyday drinking wine.

The 2019 is less impressive as compared to the previous vintages but nevertheless this is still a very well crafted wine. Cloudy Bay has always been the benchmark for quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but this Dog Point surely puts up a very good and close fight.
Red
8/12/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
85 points
Drank this at a wine mate's place on a Wednesday afternoon.

Deep, dark brooding purple with notes of violets, wild flowers, white chocolate, raspberries, ripe plums and cheddar cheese.

Smooth, easy to drink and highly palatable. lacks depth and dimensions and would benefit from aging for another year or two or a couple of hours in the decanter.
Red
8/12/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Drank this at Gustoso over lunch with my fellow wine mates. We had calamari, chicken wings, steak, ravioli, sausages and chicken chop.

Second wine of the Duckhorn. A well crafted wine with sweet juices presenting a harmonious, easy to drink and luscious finish.
Red
2015 Luce della Vite Lucente Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
8/12/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Opened this at Gustoso over lunch with my fellow wine mates. We had calamari, chicken wings, steak, ravioli, sausages and chicken chop.

Second wine of the Luce but there was nothing inferior about this wine.

Dark purple in colour with a fragrant nose of blueberries, ripe prunes, coffee, chocolate and toffee.

A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, this wine presents sweet, soft juices packed with warmth and gentleness.
White
8/8/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Brought this to Chef Peter's place for dinner with my spouse.

Bright straw yellow in colour with middle-level intensity and body with substantial weight. Notes of lemon, flowers, tangerines, grapefruit, and a touch of honey,

Had expected a lighter and more refreshing version of Arneis. This was very good when paired with sashimi and sushi.
Red
8/7/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Opened this at the French Ladle with a very close colleague. We had foie gras, duck confetti pasta, wagyu steak and lemon tart.

Dark purple in colour. Good intensity on the nose with ash, earth, wild violets, crushed pepper, dried herbs and tea leaves. The wine evolved over the course of the lunch; from wild exotic notes to a more well-integrated rustic old world charmer.

A good showing from a beautiful Cabernet Franc from the Loire region. The world needs more wines from quality producers which showcases the uniqueness of the terrior instead of mass produced and marketed wines.
White
8/7/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Opened this at the French Ladle with a very close colleague. We had foie gras, duck confetti pasta, wagyu steak and lemon tart.

Straw gold in colour with fresh acidity. Notes of ripe lemons, and some tropical fruity notes. The purity of fruit is not in question here; should have perhaps waited for a few more years for this wine to evolve for a better and more mature showing.
Red
8/3/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Drank this at Yummy Palace with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with A.

The only old world red of the evening. Some ripe cherries with red berries with beautiful purity of fruits. Good finesse and a well crafted wine. Good balance and integrated.

This wine can easily hold and mature for the next 5 years. Don't be in a rush to open.
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Red
8/3/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Drank this at Yummy Palace with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with A.

Decanted for 2 hours before consumption. Rich, ripe red fruits (plums and berries) coupled with black pepper. Energetic and potent but not overpowering. A wine with lots of potential and elements to reach greater heights.

Drank this way too early. If you have a bottle, open it in 10 years time.
Red
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.
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Red
8/3/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Drank this at Yummy Palace with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with A.

Dark purple with sweet red fruits. Wine is still drinking well but probably towards the end of its shelf life. Moderate power and energy and tastes meets subtlety. Lush, comfy and rich. Some blueberries and ripe plums.
White - Sparkling
8/3/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
82 points
Brought this to a wine dinner at Yummy Palace with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with A.

This is from the clear bottle , still version.

Gold in colour with restrained sweetness. Akin to a watered down version of a syrup drink. Good concentration and weight on the body, with some kamquat and tangerines and honeycomb on the nose and palate.

Stick to the black bottle, sparkling version.
Red
8/3/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
84 points
Brought this to a wine dinner at Yummy Palace with my wine mates. Theme of the night: Wines that start with A.

Brooding purple in colour with a dusty flint nose. On the palate the dried herbs, crushed spices and minerals were surprising, with some red fruits coupled with lead and tobacco.

Had gotten used to the notion that Malbecs are powerful and big and bold; this style of Malbec certainly caught the dinner party by surprise.
Red
2018 Brown Brothers Cienna King Valley Red Blend
8/1/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
84 points
Opened this at home to welcome my FYP mate and her husband. We ordered dinner from New Ubin Seafood: ribeye, fries, fried rice, kailan, cereal prawns, omelette, har cheong chicken and hokkien mee.

Deep purple in colour with a sweet, juicy nose that reminded me of blackcurrants, jelly and jam. Lush, easy to drink and great for parties. Great way to end a dinner, too.
Red
8/1/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
91 points
Opened this at home to welcome my FYP mate and her husband. We ordered dinner from New Ubin Seafood: ribeye, fries, fried rice, kailan, cereal prawns, omelette, har cheong chicken and hokkien mee.

Brooding brickish purple, with a lovely red fruit-scented aroma. Rich plums with ripe raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and mocha, fresh leather, grounded spices, with a sweet finish that resembled cream and figs.

Power with restraint, coupled with a beautiful charm and grace; this wine is highly delectable at this stage and rewards patience for the past 10 years with immense enjoyment. Best shared with family or close friends, and experience the amazing journey of transformation this powerful blockbuster underwent.
White
8/1/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Opened this at home to welcome my FYP mate and her husband. We ordered dinner from New Ubin Seafood: ribeye, fries, fried rice, kailan, cereal prawns, omelette, har cheong chicken and hokkien mee.

Gold in colour with an aromatic nose filled with vanilla, cream, apricot, and pineapples. Over the course of the dinner, more delectable and tropical fruit flavours evolved: fragrant vanilla pod, mango, and peach. Power and energy was evident but subdued. Good concentration and focus.

This was a lot better than the previous bottle. Highly satisfying and a great start to the dinner.
White
7/30/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
84 points
Brought this to Chao Shan Cuisine last night for a wine dinner with my wine mates. Theme of the evening: Wines that you seldom bring.

Yellow in colour with notes of butter, cut grass, avocado, and some tropical fruit notes (mango, peach and unripe pineapple).

With 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Assyrtiko, the Sauvignon Blanc gives it a solid structure while the Assyrtiko provides exotic flavours and an interesting finish.
Red
2003 Château La Lagune Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/28/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
91 points
Brought this to Morsel's to drink with my best friend from the university days for her birthday. We ordered the omakase set lunch.

An hour in the decanter and the wine was still some way away from ready. Dark, brooding purple in colour with good energy, intensity and finesse. At 17 years of age, this young teenager is ending its bursts of youthful power and replacing with charm, grace and delicacy. Some floral petals, rich prunes, dark berries, dark chocolate, mocha, sandalwood can be detected in the palate.

While it is enjoyable now, the wine should continue to evolve over the next 10 years to reach greater heights. 2003 is a good year in Bordeaux; no rush to open this wine anytime soon.
White
7/28/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
85 points
Brought this to Morsel's to drink with my best friend from the university days for her birthday. We ordered the omakase set lunch.

Pale straw yellow in colour with a beautiful bouquet on the nose. Some lemon and nectarine, apples and green pears. Good gripe in the palate with a dry and satisfying finish.

Bought this from Crystal Wines during the recent bin clearance sale. Excellent QPR.
Red
7/25/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Opened this at home and shared it with my father and brother with food from New Ubin Seafood. We had Har Cheong Gai, Satay, Crispy Pork Jowl, Ribeye Steak, Steak Fries, Fried Rice, Hokkien Mee, Sambal Kang Kong, Hei Chor and Oyster Omelette.

Decanted for 15 minutes. Would have benefited from more time in the decanter or glass as the wine evolved slowly over the course of the dinner.

Purple in colour. Fresh fragrance of plums and bouquet on the nose. Rounded, smooth with generous fresh red fruits with plum, juicy, mouthfeel. Reminds me of feasting on grape jam and marmalade tart.
White
7/21/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Brought this to lunch with my best friend from the University days at Jin Long. We ordered Hei Chor, Soy Sauce Prawns, Fried Prawn with Banana Fritters, and Mee Sua.

Light, pale, straw yellow in colour with intense notes of grapefruit ad guava. A very well made wine and have always appreciated having a CB Sauvignon Blanc at the dining table. Versatile, soothing and flexible, this wine went well with the food available and matched the flavours with aplomb.
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White - Off-dry
7/20/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
85 points
Opened this at home to celebrate a birthday with food from New Ubin Seafood. We had Har Cheong Chicken, Fried Kailan, Oyster Omelette, Garlic Crab, Ribeye Steak, Fries, Fried Rice, Hokkien Mee, and Hei Chor.

Pale straw gold in colour with fragrant and faint notes of nectar, floral, and tropical fruits. On the palate the wine presents restrained sweetness, coupled with tangerine, mandarin, kamquat and a touch of honey and lychee. Wonderfully lush and soothing on the palate, sweet while not overwhleming, this wine is popular among the ladies.

It is also a style which I am gradually moving on from.
Red
2017 Penfolds Max's Shiraz Cabernet South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/20/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Opened this at home to celebrate a birthday with food from New Ubin Seafood. We had Har Cheong Chicken, Fried Kailan, Oyster Omelette, Garlic Crab, Ribeye Steak, Fries, Fried Rice, Hokkien Mee, and Hei Chor.

Brooding purple in colour with inclusive notes of plums and young berries. Still young at 3 years of age, this wine presents intense and vibrant red fruits encapsulating energy and intensity..

A well crafted wine which kept improving as the dinner went by.
Red
2014 Siglo Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
7/10/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
84 points
Brought this to Gustoso for lunch with my spouse. We had truffle fries, ribeye steak, fried chicken wings, Cesare salad, mushroom cheese pizza and cream penne.

Dark purple in colour with rich notes of plums, bright berries and a vibrant hue of cherries. Well integrated with a good structure but not sure if the wine will improve with further ageing and cellaring.

A good wine for everyday drinking.
White
7/9/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Brought this to Tatsuya yesterday for dinner with my spouse.

Gold in colour with a beautiful bouquet on the nose. Some peach, Asian pear and nectar with a rather sweet finish. Medium body, well structured and thick viscosity.
Red
7/9/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Brought this to The French Ladle yesterday with 2 close friends from the university days. Drank alongside the 2013 Château La Fleur de Boüard.

Bright purple in colour with rich floral and plum notes. Vibrant, youthful and dances like a graceful ballerina. May have consumed this a tat early and would have liked to see how this would develop over the next 10 to 15 years.
Red
2013 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/9/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
86 points
Drank this at The French Ladle yesterday with 2 close friends from the university days. Drank alongside the 2012 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards.

Dark purple in colour with serious undertones. Wild mushrooms, matured prunes, oak, dark chocolate and coffee.
Red
7/8/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Drank this at Tonny's Restaurant last night for a wine dinner. Theme of the evening: Wines from USA. Drank this alongside the 2016 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie.

Bright purple with notes of strawberries and cherries. As compared to the Jessie which is made with grapes from a lower altitude, the Eileen is more excitable, energetic, adventurous and sweeter.

Not usually a Pinot Noir fan, this wine is actually drinking very wonderfully and quite seductive indeed.
Red
7/8/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
90 points
Drank this at Tonny's Restaurant last night for a wine dinner. Theme of the evening: Wines from USA. Drank this alongside the 2016 Cristom Pinot Noir Eileen.

Bright purple with notes of strawberries and cherries. As compared to the Eileen which is made with grapes from a higher altitude, the Jessie is more calm, charming and well integrated.

Not usually a Pinot Noir fan, this wine is actually drinking very nicely and quite charming indeed.
Red
7/8/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
88 points
Drank this at Tonny's Restaurant last night for a wine dinner. Theme of the evening: Wines from USA.

Purple in colour with notes of crushed pepper, capsicum, dark chocolate and a sweeter than usual finish for red wines. Had this wine months ago and some more time in the bottle has done it some more good. A bit more matured than I recalled and presenting a more complete profile and a more likable wine.
Red
7/8/2020 - stayhappy21 wrote:
90 points
Brought this to Tonny's Restaurant last night for a wine dinner. Theme of the evening: Wines from USA.

Brick reddish purple in colour with matured notes of coffee, dark chocolate, aged leather, and blue berries. Good intensity and balance in the mouth, red fruits, a touch of caramel and cream, tea leaves and fragrant oak notes completed the composure of this 16 year old wine.

A new world Cabernet Sauvignon made in Bordeaux style, a classic Sonoma claret. This is a good time to open up this bottle and enjoy; no harm keeping it for another 3 to 5 years in the cellar though.
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