Friday, February 1, 2013 - Tasted 1986, 2005 and 2009. All three displayed herbaceous aroma with the 2009 being most expressive.
The structure of this bottle dominated the subtle fruit structure leading to tart cherry with firm tannins palate. I tried the 1986 Lynch Bages, and it had similar tannin profiles. Very firm. Great to be paired with a peppered sauce steak.
Here there was enough fruit structure to balance out the medium acidity and fine tannins giving the wine better complexity and depth to flow gracefully while providing some grip to the palate on the finish.
The fruit was front and center giving the wine the perception of a ripe fruit Napa made wine. However, as the wine took in some air over the course of 3 hours, the air integration added more weight to the wine making it fuller and much more enjoyable that the first hour. I would highly recommend decant this bottle 3+ hours.
Overall, all three vintages showed very well. At this point in time, I prefer the 2005 out of the 3.