BEAR 3.0; 1/15/2010-1/17/2010 (Resort at Artesian Lakes): This wine was constantly evolving. The consensus was that it smelled poopy when initially decanted and poured. After 10 minutes in the glass the funk starts to blow off and it starts to show some bright strawberry and cigar ash aromas and flavors. There were also some slight metallic and rubber flavors that dissipated after 20-30 minutes. Overall, an elegant and well aged wine.
Thirty Years of Phelps Insignia (1974 through 2004): The nose is an intense expression of dark fruit, tobacco, and mineral. Complex and beautiful. Reminiscent of left-bank Bordeaux. The red fruit and tobacco carry through stongly to the taste which is expansive and palate pleasing. Great balance. Excellent finish. This is a really, really impressive wine.
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