The anticipation for this was unfortunately not met with anything positive. As soon as I poured this and noted the color (brown), I knew it was a done deal. This was completely dead and dumped after the first sniff.
Medium to dark red in color with slight orange rim. Beautiful and deep floral nose with red flowers, violet, lots of spices and very deep. Matching palate that is dense, with great balance, long and persistent finish, a wow wine that is drinking very very well now.
Leroy Dinner (Grace - Chicago IL): Open approx 1 1/2 hours but just decanted right before serving. This surely would have benefited with more air time. Slightly sweet black cherry aromas and flavors with robust, alluring spice. Firm and solid, this needs lots of cellar time.
Ah the bouquet on this wine, baking spice and baked bread, like opening the door to a bakery mixed in with generous amounts of red fruit. While on the palate, it was initially shy, it opened up about two hours in as the ripe earthy red fruit mixed in with all that cooling acid. The palate is so dense it was almost a bit "choppy" as the concentration of flavor was so powerful. It didn't have the complexity of the 92/95 that I had in the past month as both those were far silkier and balanced. This is still young and brutish.
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(Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts) Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; tart cherry, dried cherry nose; delicious, tart cherry, dried cherry, black cherry, spice palate; medium-plus finish 94+ points
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