Deep rusty red. The nose was initially a little barnyardy but this quickly blew off. I got old leather, wild strawberries, and a strong gamey profile. Perfect balance of spicy red fruit and acid, it had an exotic wild game note that I loved. The finish was long and pure. This has a lot of life left in it, which surprised me, and tasted younger than the '90 and '89 I've had lately. Really impressive. This went the best with my lamb shank of all the reds.
Dark ruby color. Classic Pauillac nose of lead pencil, leather, tar. Very elegant with sweet resolving tannins, none of the astringency I have found in a lot of 88s. Beautiful blackberry, plum, and grilled steak flavors with a long vibrant finish. I was very pleasantly surprised by how this performed. I'll be looking for this at future auctions.