A Randy Birthday (The Straits Wine Company @ UE Square): Tasted blind. Aired in decanter for >2 hours before drinking. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of tea leaves and a bit of leather. Don't get much fruit. ?Developing. On the palate, high acidity, medium+ alcohol, medium+ silky tannins, medium+ body. Medium flavor intensity, with flavours of black tea leaves, leather, and extremely shy red fruit. Medium finish. Good quality. I guessed a Brunello correctly. I think this could be in a dumb phase rather than past its prime. The fruit seems to be hiding rather than dead.
decant.veri tight.nt able to detect much fruits except tea leaves which my frnd did.as for me it takes hell alot of effort it get some red fruits n plummy taste.the fruits was like hidden underneath a layer of clay.tis is definitely too much for me to appreciate incomparison to arnaldo caprai sagratino 25 anni 1996(both rather similiar in a way without much fruits support).though tere mite b small group of ppl will claim tis is a serious stuff due to tightness strcture,but sipping tis bttl nw is no way to b a pleasant one.nt too sure is tis wat ppl call dumb phase??will definitely keep a close watch on tis bttl rieview by the communities here.a 89 pts frm me nw,but wil rexplore the same bttl again if given the chance to get it
Unlike some recent commenters' bottles, this one did not seem past prime. This one just probably was never anything other than a decent wine that underperformed in view of the year. Red fruit in medium bodied package. Nothing noteworthy about acid or texture. No secondary flavors of note. Enjoyable and without signficant flaws but nothing more than that.
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