There was some discussion as to whether this bottle was heat damaged. The nose I found rather nice, with strawberry and something savory, but the palate was pretty devoid of fruit and tasted of rocks, and not in the good way. In any case, those who had tasted this wine before said this bottle was not characteristic - we moved on quickly.
This was my 2nd place for WOTN nose: intense, lightly dirty, though the brett blew off quickly palate: thicker in heft and in weight than the Drouhin by far. The rhubarb was pronounced and I found it altogether delicious. I liked the medium weight and the compact intensity of flavor.
This was highly disappointing. THe alcohol was high, so high as to be unpleasant. THe nose smelled of cigarettes. I didn't like this at all - some bought it needed more time, but I think it was just an imbalanced mess.
This was served next to a 2002 Beaux Freres Lower Terrace. However, I don't see such a wine in CT. Suffice to say that although the "lower Terrace" wine was more balanced and more candied in comparison to the Upper, sporting more raspberry and some metallic nuance, it still wasn't much of a showstopper. Dissapointing flight.
My WOTN This was just very pretty. Delicate, yet flavorful, I found it altogether delightful. I don't have extensive notes, but it was by far my preferred wine at the tasting. I could drink this every day.
nose: a little green. Darker in character and in color than the Audrey poured alongside palate: I found this rather mundane and lacking finesse - this suffered from its placement in the flight, no doubt. It had much coarser tannin and felt clumsy next to the elegant Audrey
I have been wanting to try this wine for a long time. ANd I'm glad I tried it before I purchased it. I found it heavy in alcohol, too much so. I could identify the purity of well ripened fruit, but the alcohol, in the end, became to cinnamon red-hot for my preference. I went back to the Scott Paul.
This was fascinating - I could not stop smelling the wine because it smelled to me EXACTLY like Christmas fruitcake. THe kind that comes all cellophane-up and lasts for years in the pantry. I very much liked this wine, my first from Thomas, but it acted quite tight and tannic. I imagine it could benefit from a bit more cellar time.
served blind, but we all knew it was a burg nose: sweet licorice palate: considerably drier on the palate than the OR wines that preceded it (duh), the finish was particularly long and tangy. Earthen and well-bred.