Wines from last week's lunch at the Alliance Francaise.
Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 - Acidic. Has good sweetness provided by lots of ripe fruit on the palate. Candyish. Finishes long. Not too interesting. This was the only white wine we had.
Boukenhoutskloof Franschoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 - A pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Dry, gentle, lightish. Bordeaux-like. Leather and tobacco nuances as well. Good balance. A very forward style of wine for drinking now. Quite enjoyable.
Montgras Ninquen Colchagua Chile 2000 - High alcohol. Chocolate. Light, soft, sweet and slightly spicy. This wine has evolved nicely. Ready to drink now. Aside from the alcohol, very good.
Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Napa 1998 - Soft. Dry and savory. Quite tannic in the finish. A good wine but still has room to develop further.
Katnook Odyssey Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 - Sweet nose. Very young, primal tasting wine. Sweet, candied character. Too sweet for me. Quite tannic as well. Not for me.
Miguel Torres Viejas Vinas Manso de Velasco Cabernet Sauvignon Curico Chile 1998 - This had a leaky cork. Young, tannic, closed. Heavy. Not showing too well at lunch so it was hardly touched. I brought home the bottle and had it for dinner. By then it had opened up and the fruit was coming through. Quite enjoyable at dinner.
Chateau St. Jacques Bordeaux Superieur 2000 - The second wine of Chateau Siran whose owner has family and business ties to the Philippines. Dry, light, uncomplicated stuff. A quaffer at a friendly price but frankly uninteresting.
Penfolds Bin 707 1996 - My contribution to the lunch. Still youthful. Dry, tannic. Coffee aromas and flavors predominating. Slightly hot. Some mushroom character as well. Angular. Needs more time to soften the edges. Try again in 2 years