Sampled 2/21/12 from MAGNUM. Cork was very soft but came out whole. Color showing a little sign of age but no bricking. Took only about 30 minutes to fully open. I suspect the 750s are well on the downside. Beautiful soft and elegant overripe red fruits and red currant with blackberries underneath. A little eucalyptus/menthol to mix with some muted cedar and herb notes. Finish was a little short (15 seconds) and the mid palate was not as full bodied as the start and finish, but still an excellent wine with some well balanced complexity.
At first I thought, this wine has passed. Letting it sit open for 30 minutes the fruit does revive a bit. Much more reminiscent of Dunn's tannic style than the last two bottles. Some leather and tobacco and of course tannin followed by a mellowed fruity nice that was light but still present.
Drank a second bottle, two remain. This had more fruit than the first, but certainly needs to be drunk up. Smooth is the theme. Its tannins are smooth, there is still some fruit and there wasn't a noticeable green element.
Wednesday Night Blind - April 2010 (Peter Pratt's Inn): Blind Wine #2 - I brought this - The cork broke and then crumbled trying to take it out. It had a nice color, dark red with some orange edges, some notes of soy, tea leaves, pine, hints of muted fruit, very much past its prime. At this point I'm praying my third bottle will be the charm.
@ Chez Ehrenrreich Passover Seder w Todd, Jamie, Matthew(4), Samantha(2-1/2), Linda, Jamies Mom from Brighton Beach, and Hellen, Jamie's 90 yr young Grandma.Good but past its prime, was eclipsed by the 92 Philip Togni's intense mountain fruit that showed more depth and intensity.
More obvious expressions of California fruit. Big lush, hasn't evolved into secondary nuances too much! Still tastes bright and yummy. This wine was probably a monster as a child! It was a polished and bright wine. If you enjoy the style, definitely something to seek.
Very similar showing to my last bottle. Slightly muted and dusty nose. Nice sour fruits on the nose including cherries and cranberries. Cellar dust on the nose as well. Nice tobacco and spice on the palate. Decently long finish with a medium body. Some green peeked its way through, but faded in the glass. In a nice spot right now, integrated, decently complex and layered.
This was decanted one hour and served with porterhouse steaks and corn. Exhibits nice aromas or ripe red fruits on the nose, mostly sour cherries and raspberries. Small amount of green on the nose, cabbage stock. Neat cellar dust note followed by shaved baking chocolate. Palate was interesting with massive amounts of sour cherries and tart strawberries. Cedar box and tobacco dominate the finish. This wine seems a tad out of balance like its better days have passed. Still not a bad bottle, holding up decently. I would drink up!!