Medium red color. Huge, complex aroma: wood smoke, roasted meat in that smoke, menthol, fresh macadam, black pepper, olives. On arrival medium fine tannin and medium acidity. Cranberry fruit, barbeque meat, olives, balsamic vinegar. Incredible finish. Pristine cork, high neck fill, coldl cellared for fifteen years. Bottle #15 of twenty-four. Postscript: Saved the remaining 1/4 bottle corked in fridge. On 2/1, the texture, flavor and aroma had intensified significantly. Probably would have scored this higher than 96.
Sister's Birthday Dinner: The sample on opening was like tapenade, tannins almost resolved and could have been enjoyed immediately. When consumed four hours later this was wild, almost-plump, in-your-face open. A complete eye-opener for me as I haven't had this for probably 8 years. At its peak, started to fade within an hour. Great showing.
Bonham's and Butterfield Pre-auction tasting (San Francisco, CA): My first taste of Verset. Slight cigar smoke, cigar box, roasted meats, which evolves to coffee, cocoa; palate is smooth, full bodied, silky, still structured tannins in midpalate, cigar and chocolate; medium-long finish. An excellent wine, very interesting but maybe a bit too much cigar to reach maximum pleasure. Despite its quality, it's difficult to justify the price. 93-94.
Very young still. More linear and less rustic and wild compared to the 1995. Still unmistakably Verset and clearly a wine that will benefit from further cellaring. Ian thought this wine was shutting down during the evening. At Bruno Loubet in London with Asher, Nicos, Ian and Maureen.
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