Monday, June 25, 2012

雫の会 2012年夏はこれで決まりか?

さて、雫の皆さん、いかがお過ごしですか? とは言え、本日ゴルフを一緒にしたばかりですがね、そろそろ、夏本番を迎え、また「一時帰国」という理由をつけて、駐在員の中には2週間近くも日本に帰るメンバーもいるではありませんか?
そこで、皆さんが帰る前に会を催したいと私が独断で決めさせていただきます。今回はかなりの美人をそろえております。題して「2012年ポール・ホッブス 飲み比べ」ですね。妻子のいない今だからできる「2012年の秘め事」ですかね。

Characteristically bold, yet refined in texture and seamlessly integrated, this opalescent, pale straw chardonnay is seductively aromatic with white flowers, stone fruit and lime rind. A tautly structured palate is creamy and layered with flavors of Fuji apple, yeasty brioche, meringue and ginger. This intense weave of flavors persists over a crisp, lingering finish accented with wet stone and citrus.

次いで、軽めの赤ということで、同じロシアンリバーバレーのピノノアですね。ただし、シングルバインヤードです。Lindsy Estate ですね。パーカーは95点をつけています。
From the iron-rich, Goldridge soils of our estate vineyard emerges a pinot noir of striking complexity, concentration and sophistication. Ruby-hued and intensely aromatic with Bing cherry, spice and forest floor, it resonates with pure pinot noir character. Seamless layers of wild raspberry, cola, violets and cedar intertwine and gain depth through a midpalate framed by supple tannins and clove that create an elegant, lingering finish.

Produced from a superior small section of rocky, red volcanic soils at high elevation, it is deep garnet in color and fragrant with bold, ripe red berries, cassis, red licorice and sage. Texturally, it is weighty and muscular, from its assertive entry through to the finish, where well-delineated fruit flavors harmonize with leather, toasted vanilla bean and ripe tannins that permeate the finish.

This violet hued, cool-climate Carneros cabernet sauvignon boasts intense aromas of blackberry, Chambord and lavender. The palate’s silky texture is seamlessly interwoven with concentrated flavors of black cherry, licorice and pencil shavings. The long, luxurious finish is supported by fine-grained tannins and accentuated with black fruits and dried tobacco leaves.

Sourced from favored rows within the exclusive BV4 block, the 2006 release achieves formidable complexity and refinement. Its black crimson hues are resplendent with aromas of blackberry, red currant and graphite. The palate is silky and graceful, yet powerfully charged with intense, finely sculpted layers of crème de cassis, bittersweet cocoa and cedar. The mid-palate confirms the wine's breadth with a surprising lift brought on by very subtle notes of yeasty bread and vanillin, in a crescendo toward an endless finish graced with firm, stately tannins.


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