Sunday, August 11, 2013 - This bottle had seeped a bit. I don't think it was ever exposed to heat. The fill looked really high (almost no head space), so I suspect that was the main reason, and the wine was certainly not damaged in any way, but it might not have been completely representative either.
Popped and poured, and upon opening there was a LOT of fruit to this wine, to the extent that I thought it smelled exactly like a single vineyard Copain from Anderson Valley. After about 20 minutes, the fruit subsided quite a bit, and some herbal characteristics became more prominent than they had been. After about an hour open, everything balanced itself out nicely, and the wine seemed surprisingly less intense than before, now being a classic Burgundy with florals, dark soil, bright, fresh red fruit, a bit of slatey minerality, and fresh herbs. I would call this very good at the moment, but there is huge potential, and the overripe fruit that I find in so many '09s is not here at all. This is a lovely wine.