Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Served double blind to the tasting group alongside Groth 1990 Cabernet Reserve from Napa. Mature black cherry aromas and flavors with modest spice. Very good balance, textures. Easy for most tasters to identify as Bordeaux, but most thought from a younger, better vintage.
From double magnum. Nose entirely dominated by a woodsy funk at first. Decanted and allowed to breathe, this opened up very quickly. Textbook "dirty" and "dark" mature Bordeaux aromas: cedar, leather, tobacco, sous bois, grandma's cupboard, barnyard, etc. The fruit was a little tired, but not terribly so. The finish showed a surprising and pleasant little tingle of tannin. After having had a noticably over-the-hill 1978 a few years ago, I feared this might suffer from being similarly superannuated. While this is very slightly over its peak, it still drinks respectably well, perhaps due to the salutary effects of the bottle size. Consume soon- tonight, if possible.
Fill level was well into the neck. Popped and poured, then consumed over two nights. Tobacco aromas with modest black fruit and earth hints. Good balance of flavors between black cherry and earthy character, lots of charm, even if just modest intensity. Surprisingly this was basically the same on the 2nd night, perhaps just a little shorter.
1979 Bordeaux horisontal (Oslo): Klar, mørk rød med innslag av oransje. Svært dyp og mørk nese med et floralt preg, lær og innsmigrende bærsødme. Meget bløt frukt her også med slank kropp og frisk syre. Fin lengde.
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(Chateau Gruaud-Larose St Julien) This, the oldest wine in the tasting, does not have the most elderly appearance. It is obviously mature, but has good density. It has a slightly exotic, mature, spicy nose, which offers some gamey, meaty aromas. On entry it seems somewhat hollow at first, but it opens out on the midpalate to reveal elegant, mature, gamey fruit. It has a lovely fluidity and balance, with correct acidity. Surprisingly it still has a goodly amount of tannin, and I think the wine will be dead before these ever fully integrate. Nevertheless a good, mature wine, although for drinking soon I feel, preferably with food.