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September 27, 2004

02 Maysara, Pinot Gris

Quiet at first before erupting into spiced pear and sweet honeydew melon that continues on through the surprisingly long finish. Remarkably balanced acid keeps the fruit from being cloying, overwhelming, or too full without ever thinning it to dull, smoky phenols. What phenols do come through on the end only add more structure to this fresh, aromatic, summery wine.

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02 Montinore Estate, Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

Balanced medium fruit and acidity. Alluring interchange of soft cherries and strawberries with mellow Burgundian earth on the palate and nose. Backnotes of toffee and bourbon-oak vanilla.

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September 23, 2004

03 Brooks, Amycas

Phenolic nose spot-on for the Brooks 03 Pinot Gris which composes a good 60+% of this lovely, fish-friendly table white. Smoky aromas almost of pine develop to under-ripe pear. The midpalate reveals the Riesling influence with lovely apricots and peaches. Creamy custard body with drying acidity to back it up. Apricots grow to what I want to be a burgeoning lychee fruit, though I never really see the Gewurtz emerge.

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September 20, 2004

02 Santa Julia, Reserva Malbec

Soft, savory fruit. Harmonious acid and tannins. Red bell pepper with zingy, but ripe cherry, fresh butter, and bay leaf.

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September 16, 2004

02 Las Rocas de San Alejandro, Garnacha

Nuclear acidity and simple grapes up front. Volcanic spice. After an hour of decanting, sweet tannins envelop jammy pork fat and distinct white pepper. The body goes from thin and obtuse to lush and oozing with medium tannins just aggressive enough to clean up the bevy of grape and blackberry flavors. Aroma and flavor begin to shift toward peppered pork rind. Tannins grow chewy. An hour in the glass seems a year in the bottle to this wine, and I look forward to revisiting it in 2006.

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September 12, 2004

03 Domaine de Beaumalric, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

High spicy acid and alcohol to the point of being smoky. Clearly young, but still ripe with controlled sugar that dries out on the finish to citrus rind and nutty cream. Floral, but aggressively volatile on the nose. Pleasantly devoid of any substantial weight on the palate with sugars giving way to the deep structure of this wine. Lingering pear.

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Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

Though nice on its own, this wine did little to compliment fresh apple pie. The fruit flavors match each other well, but the wine's dry finish brings out its alcohol next to the pie.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

As the wine develops open in the fridge it does calm down. Though the apple pie pairing is still less than evocative, this may be a sign that the wine is simply too young.

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NV Chambers, Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen Muscat

Numbingly sweet and searingly acidic, each sip of this wine reminds me of when I would bring 9V batteries to my tongue as a child. Great depth with an underlying flavor of rosewater and blanched nuts. Fig. Alcohol looming in the background. Candied orange-peel finish.

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