Consumed from magnum at Cut in Las Vegas. Color was borderline Amber with the slightest hue of rose. Nose was still suprisingly crisp and fresh, with toast, flora and rose and crisp stone. Effervescence was still strong indicating yourhfulness. The palate was mouthwatering, with nutty biscuit, berry, light oak and some yeasty toffee - definitely showing secondary notes as expected. I did not notice much strawberry as indicated in other notes. I can see this wine having time left, but no need to wait. The best champagne I can recall ever drinking.
From magnum. I've had better bottles. Balanced sweetness with notable strawberry. Acidic back palate. More straightforward and one-dimensional than other experiences, and the flavors seemed to fall flat. Still, a nice wine but now may be the time to drink it given this experience from a large format.
What a great way to start a dinner with 6 friends...a magnum. touches of strawberries, raspberries with a scent of rose were the highlights. The mild effervescence also added to the enjoyment. Everyone at the table was very impressed with scores of 93 to 96
Acker Merrall BYO (Sepia - Chicago IL): From magnum. Rose petal aromas with ripe strawberry and a very positive Pinot Noir character. Rich and opulent, but enough acidity, energy and minerality that it also comes across as weightless. Very clean, long, precise finish. Thanks, Rob!
Acker BYO - Chicago (Sepia - Chicago, IL): Very nice nose of cream, roses, and graham cracker. Loved the rosey, floral tones on the palate with great cut and finesse - add to that some serious depth. It's a great wine that came across young and almost shy. Think this has a lot of life ahead of it - maybe another 15 years before it begins to decline from its apogee. Great stuff.
HDH auction tasting at Tru (Chicago, IL): From magnum. Pale amber in colour. Notes of apricots on the very reticent nose. Stunningly beautiful on the palate; fresh and sophisticated on the palate, with tons of fresh peach and apricot flavours, balanced by lots of acidity. In fact, everything is in perfect balance here, and while it doesn't have a bring-you-to-your-knees painful-to-drink intensity, it's more than made up for in sheer elegance and beauty. Simply incredible.
An evening of Doms (Uncle John's): Color is the same as the Oenotheque version of this wine and the body is the same thing. But the nose is vastly different, the regular version more developed and fuller but a tad less exciting and need a slightly higher temp to enjoy. The wine itself is starting to develop secondary flavors so it is actually advisable to cellar this for a few more years to fully enjoy this very well made wine.
More maturity on this bottle than expected or is typical. That actually suited me fine, although it didn't have the punch that a 90 should have. Overall a beauty, and would drink with pleasure anytime.
Perfect. Drank from a magnum for a birthday celebration....probably had an affect on the description... The balance of effervescence, power, fruit and freshness are the best I've seen this wine show in the last eight years...my last bottle.
Salmon/copper color, beautiful baby bubbles. Heady, Burgundian nose, with some peaches, raspberries, and a healthy dose of yeast. There is a lot of everything on the palate, but there is a finesse and a strucure that allows this powerhouse to remain balanced. Finishes long, long, long and silky. 50+5+12+19+9=95
Star-bright rich copper with an orange sheen, very fine mousse; complex, harmonious, toast, nuts (cashew?), candied orange and figs, smoky accent (Bowmore!); flawless, rich and rounded, 1990-style but beautifully balanced by ripe, fresh acidity, excellent focus; relatively light finish, good length. Exotic and elegant.