red and ripe black fruit, black cherry; herbal, peppery, and spicy notes; medium fine tannin, good acid, light refined mouthfeel; very nice balance and complexity. Still quite youthful, though developing.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
No one identified this as Burgundy. Or Pinot. Or wine. Gritty; anise and overripe plum; low acidity, harsh, entirely unpleasant. Uggh. I am tired of people comparing the monstrosity that is 2003 Burgundy to "New World Pinot" as if every winemaker in California takes overripe rotting fruit and, rather than disposing of it with dignity, ferments it into a syrupy mess.
In a "guess old world/new world" blind flight against 2001 Pavie. Not surprisingly, this was my old world guess - left bank Bordeaux. Still very youthful fruit, along with pencil lead, leather; good acidity.
France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
It is huge, dominated by charred oak, and jam.
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