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  • 2000 Château d'Agassac

    My last bottle, perfectly mature now, I wish I had more from a case I bought many years ago. One of my favorite QPRs from that vintage.

    Deep ruby color, very little paling at the rim. Explosively fruity nose, tons of red fruits/cranberries with a touch of earth and tobacco, nicely complex. Palate is impactful-- immediate, layered red fruits, slightly sour but in a pleasant way, fully resolved tannins. Low acidity but so complex and layered, who cares when it's this delicious? Only the medium length finish disappoints, a touch metallic and the sourness starts to take over after a bit.

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  • 1997 Calera Pinot Noir Selleck

    Brick red with a paling rim. Good core of red plums and eucalyptus on the nose, very vibrant, a touch of earth with moderate complexity. More earthy on the palate, with juicy red fruits balanced against vanilla and eucalyptus. Light and mostly resolved tannins, good acidity. Slightly hot on the finish-- is it fading? Probably. Still a lovely example of nearly 18 year old California Pinot.

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  • 2000 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets

    On first opening with a small glass poured out, it was off, with an almost volatile acidity like quality, but it calmed down with 2-3 hours of air in the bottle with one glass poured out.

    Healthy cherry color, barely paling at the rim. Aromas at first are overwhelming violets/floral qualities, but with touches of bittersweet chocolate and an iron shavings sort of "tang." Very nice palate-- shows well for the vintage. Rich with juicy and fresh red fruit and minerals, and solid acidity/moderate tannins. Just hasn't seemed to age substantially since I last tasted in 2006, maybe rounder overall, still actually on the young side, even in my passive cellar (45 to 65 degrees). Long tangy red fruit finish.

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