Wooj’s 31st Birthday Dinner at Jungsik

23 March 2012, Jungsik, Tribeca

Wooj’s birthday this year landed on a Friday so he was able to take escape from his atrocious banking hours and celebrate. We went to a new restaurant in Tribeca called Jungsik – it’s a formal, high-end Korean restaurant where they use traditional Korean flavors and ingredients with a French-style preparation. Instead of doing the prescribed wine-pairing, we picked our own bottles.

For the various amuse courses, we started with a N.V. Rene Geoffroy Brut Rose de Saignee from a magnum:

N.V. Rene Geoffroy Brut Rose de Saignee (magnum)

100% Pinot Noir with no malolactic fermentation, this wine had great acidity and minerality that cut through kimchi purees that accompanied the various fried meats and vegetables.

For our next courses which included noodles and a miyuk-gook risotto, we had a 2010 Hexamer Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg Riesling Quarzit:

2010 Hexamer Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg Riesling Quarzit

The Riesling had a citrus aroma but on the palate you could taste a combination of lime and sweetness (stone-fruit). A tart, medium finish – easy drinking Riesling and pairs well with food.

The next set of meat courses started with a 2008 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Cuvee Alyce:

2008 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Cuvee Alyce

From one of the oldest winemakers in Napa (1978), this was a good, not great, classic California Pinot Noir. Aroma of red fruit, berries and spice, it had a smooth mid palate and medium finish. Good acidity although less tannins than I would’ve expected for still a relatively young wine.

For our final savory course, braised short-ribs and samgyeopsal, paired extremely well with our last wine of the night, a 2008 Domaine de Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier from a magnum:

2008 Domaine de Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier (magnum)

This blend of 81.2% Grenache, 15% Cinsault and 3.8% Syrah was aged in cement tanks and large oak barrels. The dark ruby color led to a powerful nose of spice and berries. The palate attacked with fruit, acidity and licorice – great wine and would’ve paired well with any fatty, red meat.

The wine service at the restaurant was excellent – glassware was perfect and they stayed up to speed with each course.

*** N.V. Rene Geoffroy Brut Rose de Saignee (magnum), $160

** 2010 Hexamer Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg Riesling Quarzit, $25

** 2008 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Cuvee Alyce, $35

*** 2008 Domaine de Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier (magnum), $100

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