My second and last bottle of this wine. Nose of intense cassis, red cherry fruit, herbs and touch of merlot flavors, more of the same on the palate, tasty, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc blend provided a mélange of flavors, medium body, nice flavors during the medium/long finish and pleasant aftertaste. Not quite as good as the first bottle the other night.
Auction bottle that just arrived. Nose of blueberry muffin, red cherry fruit and touch of allspice, more of the same on the palate, tasty, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc blend provided a mélange of flavors throughout the medium/long finish and pleasant aftertaste.
Smoky, sour cherry nose with blackberry backnotes. This was leanish and seemed to be peaking or past. The sour cherry and blackberry fruit notes were subservient to a strong tannic spine. Dries up rapidly on exit without much than some heat in the finish. I think this never hit a high point and has a poor QPR.
Brick-red color identifies the aging on this bottle. Surprisingly very fine sediment as I decanted. Cassis and subdued cranberries on the nose. Initial taste revealed light red berries and a hint of licorice and a sweet honey-like note on the finish.
Definitely started showing more after a couple of hours. Finished the bottle four hours later - now yielding a distinct espresso aroma followed by a hint of brandy. Soft, supple mouthfeel with a silky texture yielding favors of cinnamon, tart cranberries (much more pronounced than earlier) and finishing on a vanilla note.
Great wine, showing really well now, my only complaint is a slightly shallow mid-palate. This wine is drinking very well now, I wouldn't hold on too much longer - plan to drink my last bottle within the next year.
There was a funny smell and greenness to this particular bottle that I found off-putting. It was tough to get around that to the fruit core of the wine. I just seemed a bit funky, almost rubbery, and I am not sure what could cause that other than a spoilage organism.
Harrison Hill (Delille) 1997-2005 vertical (Scott G's house): My second favorite of the vertical, after the 1999. I don't know that I would buy this one, though. The nose had a similar smokiness to the 1999, plus some floral notes. It tasted more vegetal than any of the other bottles. Celery was obvious, (and I like vegetables, but not celery). Overall, I felt this was flatter than the 1999.