Chappellet Chardonnay 2007, Napa, USA

Appearance: Clean and brilliant golden core and hues.

Nose: Strong but not overpowering presence of oak, butterscotch and vanilla with underlying mineral and ripe citrusy notes. Shall I say very ripe pineapples as well?

Palate/ Flavour: Burning sensation in the throat (high alcohol at 14%abv). Pronounced butterscotch and honeyed character with a high to medium (+) acidity to match beautifully with a crisp, long finish.

Comments: A new world chardonnay that’s nicely made with just enough oak to give it that edge to take off the sunday afternoon heat after a dimsum brunch.

Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Napa, USA

Appearance: Dark purple core with a dark cherry rim. Fairly good amount of sediment – needs decanting.

Nose: Intense perfumed aromas with hints of spice, mint, liquorice, vanilla and red plums.

Palate/ Flavour: Strong but pleasant dark ripe berries, followed by pronounced dark chocolate, mocha. Smooth, ripe tannins with a long finish with the right amount of wood flavours.

Comments: Had this without any food but would probably be better with some cured meat or aged cheeses. Drinking very well now but can be cellared. Beautifully made. Too bad this is the last bottle in the wine shop where I got it from in Vietnam. Ugh.