Popped N poured and Tasted this time at around 57-60 F. Dark crimson with initial reticent nose this bottle started to show some stuff after 30 minutes and took on considerable weight. Everything has knit together into a satisfying wine that still has good life in it if well stored.
Rich deep purple color. Really coming into its maturity, with fully smoothed tannins, nicely balanced structure, still showcasing rich currant and dark cherry aromas with leather, tobacco and faint cocoa notes. Best Washington merlot-predominant blend I've tasted. Delighted to have a couple of bottles left to try in 3-4 years.
A big wine, but one that sheds some of its prodigious fruit and oak with air. After ~3 hours of slow ox this is still modern, but shows much more BDX-like and moderate weight. Nose of dried cherry, licorice, melted dark chocolate and herbs. Loads of herb, earth and spice start to unfold on the palate. I'm pretty impressed/surprised that this improved so much with air. All that said, it still shows some heat and a bit of oaky vanilla bean on the back end. Started mid-80s and ends as a solid 90.
Disappointed. This has really fallen apart in the last 30 months. Appears to have aged very quickly. Bricking in color, hint of leather, but overall: Thin, weak, not enough acidity, monolithic. I sure hope this was an off bottle or just closed. Have one more, will try in the next 18-30 months, but I'm not expecting good things.
2004s around the world: Clean and polished. Really shows off its new vanilla outfit. Dense but not heavy, with coffee and bitter, dark-cherry that emphasizes its alcohol. Good enough but consensus least favorite wine of six '04s. Very good quality but without much soul. Arguably better day 2.
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(Long Shadows Pedestal) #3; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-dark; NOSE-big & bold; blackberry, plum & black licorice; little vanilla creaminess (little Oak Monster); TASTE-heavy Oak Monster; the over-oaking masks the flavors; bricks and bricks of wood; vanilla, cream; completely ruins this wine; JM-94; GV-82
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