Cristom Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon USA 2018

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Cristom Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon USA 2018
9.25 stars
25 Jan 2021

In a double blind tasting of Pinot Noir, one of my wine connoisseur friend slotted in a bottle of Cristom 2004 in a line up of some big name burgundies like Nicholas Potel Maleconsorts 02, Francois Lamarche Vosne Romanee 1er Cru La Grande Rue 02 and a few others (note that 2002 was a fabulous fruity vintage in burgundy), the Cristom blow all the burgundy Pinot Noir away by a mile, thus based upon such blind tasting experience, I embark on ensuring I bring in some Cristom to keep our customers satisfied. The 2018 vintage is definitely too young to taste, but it still did not deter me to open a bottle as I’m highly curious of the content; Bouquet was with heavy perfume, powerful summer flower notes. Content was of full throttle fruity content, very expressive burgundy alike style, big, powerful and bold, with fine tannins lurking around. This is definitely a bottle to cellar it for decades before you drink it.

Casanova di Neri Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino 2001

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Casanova di Neri Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino 2001
9.5 stars
20 Jan 2021

I decanted the bottle for 2 hours, and decided to use two Grassl stemware for comparison sake, a Cru glass and an 1855 glass, although I already knew which stemware best suited the Sangiovese grape varietal. The bouquet was somehow unique and attractive, with very concentrated dried fruits mingled with a tinge of tar, while on the stemware the 1855 was spreadout, while Cru glass gave a pleasant pleasure on the nose. A sip with the 1855 stemware content, I almost wanted to quit drinking, as the grippy tannins were unbearable. The Cru stemware provided utmost pleasure for this almost perfect wine (I said almost perfect and gave 9.5 as it’s not at the right drinking window right now, cellar it for another 20+ years and I’ll surely rate it a perfect 10/10 wine). The content was one of the most feminine Brunello I’ve ever had (apart from the famed Soldera), I’m not sure if they have acquired winemaking methods from Soldera but I do see the similarity amongst the two of them.

Dassai 39 versus Dassai 39 Enshinbunri

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Dassai 39 versus Dassai 39 Enshinbunri
9.25 stars
15 Feb 2021

Enshinbunri means the sake extracted using centrifuge technique rather than traditional hydraulic press. The gentle centrifugal force causes no pressing like in the past; thus, the sake gets less stress than the usual pressing procedure. Does it make a difference? Bok puts two bottles side by side to taste using his favorite sake stemware – Grassl Mineralite. Let me describe Dassai 39 in general; bouquet of light fragrant rice. Content was a tad too sweet to my liking, furthermore, the sweetness was right in the face. The Enshinbunri bouquet was much more muted, body at first sip was much cleaner and the sweetness was much less in the face. However, the true color of the Enshinbunri revealed itself on the mid to back palate whereby the sweetness was almost on par with the Dassai 39. The entry for Enshinbunri was a tad “misleading” due to more finesse and less sweet, but don’t let the superficial taste confuse your palate, as they’re of almost similar quality. Of course I will still recommend Enshinbunri version for it’s not-so right in the face sweetness.