Bottom of neck fill, corroded capsule. Cork was soaked through, broke apart on open but was extracted without cork residue dropping into the bottle. Alas while drinkable with some good interesting minerality remaining in the palete, there was little fruit left and the finish leaves an odd aftertaste.
The nose was nice with some sweet oak (cedar?) and cigar box aromas at the open. After decanting in glass for 15~20 minutes, some sort of plum aromas (somewhat in between dark fruit and red fruit) came out. The palate is very smooth with all tannin completely dissolved. One minor is that there is a very light spicy/alcoholic hint at the swallow (very very light). The after taste is long with a moderate mineral aftertaste. I like this wine a bottle. Good that I still have one bottle left. 5+12+17+8=92pts.
Surprisingly this wine got better over about 4 hours. Funky, dirty, and aged wine nose, some VA, and some coffee. Taste was all faded black fruits, earth, burnt caramel, with a nice finish. Better with food. Past peak so drink up.
January 2013 CT Northern Virginia Off-Line "The Inaugural" (AngryPrez's home, Falls Church VA): On pouring, this had what our tasting group quickly labeled as "old wine stink" (and we approved.) That stink gave way to an earthiness. The color was more orange/amber than the brown I was expecting. There wasn't much fruit left but the earthy notes on the palate were interesting and I got a tiny hint of coffee which others found to be more pronounced. All in all, I very much enjoyed it - but you have to really prefer your wine on the older side to like this one. Drink up either way, as its best years are behind it.
Judgment of Singapore: Part 2 - Riesling and Cabernet (Ubin Seafood, Sin Ming Indistrial Estate): This was another wine that was slightly off its peak, but it was very good nonetheless. We had another really nice nose here showing lots of sous bois character, with notes of wilted flowers and wet leaves, mossy earth and savoury meaty aromas, along with little drifts of tobacco, cigar and cassis fruit. Undoubtedly Bordeaux, as was the delicious palate. Here, there was still lots of juicy acidity swirling around wonderfully pure flavours of cassis and blueberries. It was perhaps just a bit hollow on midpalate, maybe not quite as strong as you would expect from a 1982 Margaux classed growth, but it was so silky and resolved and integrated that it remained such a delight to drink. I really enjoyed this. It may have been better a few years back, but it was certainly still very yummy on the night. Group #3 of 10.
One of the best bottles of wine I have had in some time. Perfectly balanced, tannins full resolved, all components integrated -- a poster child for aged Bordeaux. Cork was soaked, but intact, only mild bricking. Deep, beautiful palate. I had this wine 3 years ago, and I was concerned then that the wine was at prime. Could be bottle variation, but as good as that bottle was, this one was better. Also, no decanting, let it breathe for about 30min -- did not need more.
Cork showed seepage throughout length, but wine was not obviously damaged. Opened 2 hours before serving and decanted 1 hour before serving. Still dark brick, showing age at the edges; good legs. Pleasant nose. Bright cherry and berry flavors at the beginning, but fading within the hour with little of the liveliness exhibited after the first 30 minutes. Structure has not survived this much time in the bottle. Still a pleasant wine with no flaws (suggest drinking soon after opening and decanting), but its obvious early strengths remain only as remnants and mostly memories at this stage.
Fill was top shoulder. A bit of mold atop the cork - which unfortunately broke while opening - but no signs of seepage. Enjoyable but tannins are virtually gone. Liz joked that it reminded her of a wine cooler.You can see where this would have been a stellar wine at some point in its past. I would not purchase another unless the bottles was stored exceptionally well and in pristine condition.
Open and poured straight away, beaughtiful colour and typical Margaux smell. Took about 10 min for the wine to open up in the glass and then faded after another 30min in the glass. Beautiful wine but definately drink now!
taste: demure and medium bodied with soft tannins and medium acidity with pretty tones of red cherries, dried florals, spice box, leather and cedar tones underneath. It gained a bit of weight the longer it was open
overall: This was decanted for sediment and drank right away. The cork was soaked and I wasn't able to get it out in one piece. There was noticeable bricking on it while having a light ruby color. This was a real lovely and mature margaux that screamed margaux when smelling and tasting it
Lovely mature Margaux. Fully integrated fruit and soft tannins, delicate almost. Obviously stored with care over the years. Showing its age a little. As others noticed, the cork was wet wet almost to the top and slightly , but without leakage and seemingly without any negative effect. Still fine, but probably should be consumed before too long.
This was a beautiful wine. Perfect mix of sous- bois and dried fruit/floral notes. Ruby color with a bricking rim. Nose of forest floor, loam, a little barnyard, dried strawberries, and cassis. Dried floral element on the palate as well as dried red berry fruit, leather. Medium acidity. Tannin structure very silky smooth. Wonderful wine, I wish I had more than the one bottle.
Wow. was this was a pleasant surprise. Nice color, no serious bicking noted.. Opened for about 15-20 minutes before drinking. Agreed with all the previous TNs on CT that this had lots of life in it.. very much kicking from the opening on.. It did open up some though after about 45 minutes. Nice balance of fruit on nose with earthiness, red and darker fruits noted.. a little peppery with some leather noted on the mid palate.. The tannis were there but very fine, with a nice velety mouthfeel. Finish was lengthy. A great style of wine.. We were able to share with the Som and our servers too.. Good appreciation of this bottle... The sediment was there but not more than expected.. All in all this was a very fun and enjoyeable bottle.. Hail to 1982...
To borrow a sports metaphor, this bottle is in its prime. Perfectly smooth, no rough edges whatsoever. Moreover, it still has considerable flavor remaining. The tannins are fully resolved (as one might expect), and the fruit has integrated beautifully. Nose not all that strong, but its great going down :-). The cork was wet almost to the top, but there was problem with leakage and so forth. I can't imagine that more time will do this bottle any good. It might stand up for a few more years, but I see no reasons to do this. I have another and I will be drinking it relatively soon. This an excellent aged Bordeaux that has not faded.
Also, I would not decant this wine. I let it breathe for about 30-45 min, which seemed to be enough. After this, it continued to open through the meal, but I had the sense that a big decant would knock out too much of the flavor.
Second of 4 WC bottles. This cork was also completely saturated and depressed, but there was no leakage currently present. Showed really well. A nice earthy, floral nose with more red than black fruits. Bits of game and spice and a touch of leather. Medium finish. Nicely aged Bord.
Tasting of 10 Cabernets 1978-1982. Was unloved by even the Francophiles in the room. One dimensional, rich cabernet fruit that clearly was French on the nose, new, fresh, young fruit in the mouth, high acid and hot finish, was not my style. Maybe time and prayers will help. My #10 and Group #9.