Killing baby Burgundies at the Playground (Playground , Santa Ana, CA): This wine is so complete and balanced right now after a hour or two opened. It throws off copious amounts of red fruit, black tea leaves, earth with cooling acidity uplifting all the flavors as it just expanded across the palate. Big contrast to the 92 I had the week before that had that same beautiful leroy BM acidity but without that fruit to back it up.
A really enchanting spice/earth nose with sweet fruit and some unresolved alcohol in the beginning. The palate was open, sweet, and well balanced. The unresolved alcohol integrated after 2 hours to become a complete wine with some additional black tea component emerging. Delicious.
Medium red color with slight brownish rim. Typical Leroy floral nose with lots of spices, ripe fruit, in fact in the beginning a little harsh, alcohol and unresolved tannins. With time the balance came back, nose with a small amount of candied fruit behind the flowers, elegant and fine. But next to the Brulees 95, this wine does not have as much power or focus, slightly lacking in concentration. In its prime now.
A marvekous wine right now, that will continue to be great for a few more years. Perfumy appealing armors. Concentrated, big, very typical. Huge mouthful of goodness. Truly a great one at a really sweet point
Dark color with a light rim at the glass meniscal interface. At first a little muted, but opened up over one hour. It showed red fruit, mostly cherry, lots of dusty minerality, as well as sous bois and spicy nuances. Medium bodied in the mouth and solidly built tannins that have pretty good grip. The acidity was high, but in balance with the wine. Drink our hold.
Top Flight Burgundy in DC - Respects to President Ford (Washington DC - Cafe 15): Now beginning full maturity this thrilling wine gives oodles of cherry, soy, spices, leather, and something I can only describe as dumpling dipping sauce. Amazingly, underneath all these flavors was a bright backbone that helped bring this wine to life. I imagine that this fantastic premiere cru will hold this plateau for another 10 years.