Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wine Dinner at Palate

After coming back from France, I feel I appreciate the local (Southern) Californian cuisine more than I used to. And, there are more restaurants, here in LA, where you can enjoy a wide variety of delicious dishes made with local produce. One of my recent favorites is Forage in Silverlake.

I'm also glad Palate in Glendale is doing what they have been doing. Their food is always so fresh and tasty. Last week, we were back at Palate for a wine dinner. Here's the list of the wines we had.

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2003 Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon, Macon-Milly-Lamartine

2004 Le Manoir Murisaltien, Pernand-Vergelesses "Sous le Bois de Noel et Les Belles Filles"...A little more advanced palate than the last time I had (last year). Maybe the bottle variation.

2006 Domaine Patrick Javillier, Bourgogne Blanc "Cuvee des Forgets"...Someone told me this wine is "declassified" Meursault. But, this is actually a cuvee which comes from different Bourgogne Blanc appellation parcels (not the communale appellation parcels) within the village boundaries. Quite tropical character. Mild acid with oily texture.

2007 Jacques-Frederic Mugnier, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, "Clos de la Marechale"...It's a monopole vineyard (had been leased to Faivley but was returned to Mugnier since 2004 vintage). Beautiful red berry and floral character. Minerality. I can picture the butterflies in the field. Very smooth and somehow tasted the soft elegance like Chambolle.

2001 Domaine de Courcel, Pommard 1er Cru, "Grand Clos des Epenots" (monopole)...Very powerful and dense. Perfume, candy. The wine showed so much complexity as it opened up after 30 minutes.

1990 Hubert Lignier, Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru, Vieilles Vignes...Still very young in palate. Milk chocolate, dirt, very juicy. Deep.

2001 Domaine Jean Grivot, Nuits-Saint-Georges, "Les Charmois"...Dark berry, powerful palate. Earthy.

1999 Bert Simon, Serring Herrenberg, Riesling - Beerenauslese...From one of the vest vineyards of M-S-R, and it's monopole. Apricot, honey, vinyl, lush minerality. Rich and oily. Very complex.