Sunumono salad with octopus, Japanese cucumbers, Wakame (seaweed) and a plum vinaigrette
Miyagi oysters, Uni (sea urchin) and Ikura (salmon roe) with Yuzu Ponzu sauce Flight 1 2001 Barmes-Buecher Riesling HengstAlsace - Petrol and slight burnt sugar nose. Bright green apple tartness. Pleasant but nothing special. 2-3 2000 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand Alsace - Sugar and green apples. Slightly effervescent. A bit of sweetness on finish. Sugary with food. This was declared the wine of the flight. 4-6 1997 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann - Sugar. Biting acids. Slightly efferevescent. Really dry in comparison to others. Too young to drink. Hard mineral aspect. 2nd place (close to a tie) 4-6 1996 Trimbach Riesling Cuvee M (Mandelburg) - Apricots and cream on nose with light caramel. On its way out. Thin and hard. Slightly bitter finish. Salty finish. Not my style. 1 1993 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Cuvee Ste. Catherine II Alsace - Caramel. Yum. Meaty. Slightly Bitter Finish. 2
Ankimo (steamed monkfish pâté) with miso sauce Flight 2 2002 Erich Salomon Riesling Kogl Kremstal - Fruit nose. Dry. Slightly malo center notes. Slight dry minerally, green apple. Thin. Over-ripe finish. Jack: just not liking. 0 2001 Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett Goldkapsel MSR - Effervescent sweet center. Ripe pear on finish. Really sweet center. The 2nd favorite of the flight. 2-3 2001 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett Nahe - Dry. Really shines with food. Sweet finish. Slightly bright but clean acids.Really balanced. Liked but not nuts about. 3
Deep fried baby flounder Flight 3 2003 Wegeler Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Spätlese MSR - Honey and ripe melons. Sweet center. Some acids on finish. Almost a slightly bitter almond finish. 2 2003 Karthauser Hofberg EitesbacherRiesling MSR - Still effervescing. Really dry finish. 1 NV Getariako Txakolina Amesztoi Txakoli - Really hard. Tart. Acidic. Hard to get past the minerals. Slightly malo. 0 Flight 4a 2001 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese Nahe - Hard. Burnt sugar. Almost chicken sausage. Seems like it’s in a dumb stage. Really great with the flounder. Named wine of the flight. 1-2 2001 Schloss Johanissberger GrunlackRiesling Spätlese Rheingau - Sweeter. Sugar nose. Meady. Really dry finish. 0-1 1999 Toni Jost Bacharacher Hahn Riesling Spätlese Mittelrhein - Honey and minerals on nose. Hard finish. Sweet and burnt green apple on finish. 2
Four kinds of sashimi with fresh Oregon wasabi Flight 4b 1985 Benedict Loosen-Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese*** MSR - Not sweet. Watery center. V/A on finish. Elegance. 1985 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese MSR - Corked! 1976 Staatsweingutter Eltville Raunthaler Baifen Riesling Auslese Rheingau - Burnt sugar. Lean, mean but really elegant.
Blue Fin Toro Flight 5 1999 Von Schubert Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling BA MSR - Way too young. Not sweet. More like an Auslese. Slightly tart apples on finish. 1+ 1994 Neckerauer Weisenheimer Hasenzeile Riesling BA Pfalz - Citrusy! Wow. Serious juice! Curry on the finish. Reminiscent of applesauce. Great acids and balance. Yum. 6+ 1993 Jakob Gerhardt Dienheimer Kreuz Ehrenfelser BA Rheinhessen - Some residual sugar. Almost a mushroomy finish. Roasted apples. 1-3
Foie Gras with smoked Unagi (eel) and balsamic reduction Flight 6 2003 Quail's Gate Riesling Icewine Okanagan Valley - Peaches. Smells so good-like flower nectar, honey. Intense flavor. Sugar well balanced. Drink now! 1 2002 Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Eiswein MSR - Curry on the nose. Thai curry on palate. 2-3 2000 Gymnasium Oberemmeler Rosenberg Riesling Eiswein MSR - Burnt caramel. Really great balance. 1-2