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91 Points

Friday, November 13, 2009 - "Simple" Friday Dinner (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): This bottle appeared far more advanced than we would have thought for a 1994. Very nice though. About as elegant as a Les St Georges gets. Colour was all orangey. Nose had layers and layers of funk on first pour with lots of tertiary notes under which appeared when it blew off, like red tea, earth, funky mushrooms, dried strawberries, meaty umami tones and a touch of flowers - very nice, but also very old smelling, almost like a late 70s or early 80s type nose. Palate was a lot younger though. Nice lifted flavours were held up with fresh, almost zippy acidity and the remnants of fine, firm tannins. I got cherry, bramble, strawberries, mushroom, mandarins and orange peel, all streaked with bits of ferrous minerality. Very charming, nicely put together, if just lacking a bit of weight for a vineyard of this stature. Finish lacked power, but had a nice, gently dissipating tail, with orange and spice notes lightly gripping the back palate. A very enjoyable wine without being great, this bottle was at its peak when we poured it.

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