Rosé Champagne, Krug, Brut MV this champagne defines the term mousse. downy, sumptuous, possessing delicate visceral notes of dried rose petals, roasted strawberry, and crushed pralines. a decidedly copper mineral palate, enlivened by ceylon cinnamon, violets, and fresh cantaloupe. a rare treat.
Chardonnay, Kistler "Les Noisetiers," Sonoma Coast, CA 2011 a rich, but still incredibly well-balanced domestic chardonnay from the legendary kistler vineyards. fresh and roasted yellow apple, yellow flesh watermelons, and filberts balanced by refreshing acidity.
Riesling, Zind-Humbrecht, Clos Häuserer, Wintzenheim, Alsace, France 2007 dry in style, with a passing air of opulence washed away by perfectly integrated acidity. succulent honeycomb, quince, bosc pear, cumin, pineapple preserves, and etrog citron round out the palate.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Bond, Quella, Napa Valley, CA 2006 harlan's long-term leasing project, all from small plots of hillside vineyards. the resultant wines are always dense, rich, but with an undeniable lift and fascinating mineral core. quella lies just above rutherford in the heart of the valley, the site of an ancient cobblestone aquifer. resinous berry compote, black raspberries, and brownie batter mix all fight for your palate's attention, as layer upon layer unfolds, each more intriguing than the last. truly an iron fist in a velvet glove, with fruit both plush and profuse and a resonating tannic spine that fully showcases the vineyard's pedigree.
Prosecco, Sommariva, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, Italy, Brut NV dried banana chips, brewers' yeast, and a trickle of lemon verbena. pleasant, foamy mousse and easy-drinking balance.
Champagne, Guy Larmandier, Premier Cru Vertus, Brut NV fresh-baked biscuity nose, dominated by chardonnay fruits. fresh lemon, yellow plums and wet chalk.
Rosé Champagne, Ruinart, Brut NV a soft, bubbly mousse, full of ripe saturn peach, nectarine, and cherry blossoms, with a smooth, round palate.
Champagne, Ruinart "Dom Ruinart," Blanc De Blancs, Brut 2002 bright, fresh yellow apple and orange peel, cracked wheat and just a whiff of calvados. beautiful macadamia nut oil and roasted green pear notes on the palate, accompanied by an elegant, very persistant mousse.
Champagne, Krug "Grande Cuvée," Brut MV rich, luxurious mouthfeel. brioche, roasted golden apple tartlet, cognac, and sarsaparilla leap out of the glass. the palate leads with dried apricot and hawthorn berry fruits, and finishes with brazil nuts and pain perdu.
Rosé Champagne, Krug, Brut MV downy mousse, with a nose of dried roses, roasted strawberry, and praline. copper, ceylon cinnamon, and violets.
Sauvignon Blanc, Mount Nelson, Marlborough, New Zealand 2011 kiwi and tangerine burst from the glass, underpinned by mineral water, jalapeño seeds, and zesty lime rind.
Scheurebe, Wirsching, Kab. Trocken, Iphöfer Kronsberg, Franken, Germany 20 huge floral nose, tons of white peaches and tart pear. pinot grigio meets sauvignon blanc, minus the herbaceousness.
Burgundy, La Cadette "La Châtelaine," Bourgogne Vézelay, Burgundy, France ripe lemon, saltine crackers, and crème fraîche. tastes like an easy-going chablis, with the acidity just rounded out.
Pinot Gris, Salwey, Kaiserstuhl, Baden, Germany 2010 a german version of pinot grigio, and absolutely terrific. very precise flavors of light red apple and wildflower honey.
Heida Païen, Caloz, Les Bernunes, Valais, Switzerland 2008 very effusive, teeming with wild mountain herbs, candela, goat cheese, nectarine, and peppery pineapple.
Grüner Veltliner, Schloss Gobelsburg "Gobelsburger," Kamptal, Austria 2011 aromas of clementine and mirabelle are followed by a subtly ripe palate of prickly pear and kiwi seeds.
Riesling, F. Haag, Spätlese, Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany 20 sweet key limes, clementine, and tons of mint syrup. dandelions and candied kumquats; just barely on the sweet side.
Viognier/Grenache Blanc, Dauvergne Ranvier, Côtes Du Rhône, France 2011 lots of banana peel, super-sweet lemon, and fresh flowers. hawthorne, white peach, and a distinct note of jackfruit.