Still at the holiday edge, we were enjoying my daughter's short ribs and mushroom risotto, a perfect match for a Bordeaux. The wine had a purple color with just a hint of brown at the rim. On first opening, it was very acidic and tannic, but after a short time, it developed very good balance and definition. It had a very intense bouquet and flavor of bell pepper, making it instantly recognizable as a Cabernet Sauvignon, and probably an old world wine. It had a long finish. I am not a big fan of wines that are so overtly bell pepper. I much prefer wines where the herbal character is muted and softened (think Leonetti) or has been partly or entirely replaced by fruit, most often cassis (think Screaming Eagle), or by very special flavors, such as lead pencil (think Lafite Rothschild), or become all sweet tobacco, the frequent fate of older wines made with this grape (think Haut Brion as a pinnacle example).
New Years Even 2015 (Kevin and Vicki's): I don't know the decant time. Drank a glass over an hour. Great old world aged Bordeaux. Slight funk, lots of earth, leather, cedar box. The finish ends on a pepper note.
New Years Eve Celebration (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red color. Decanted for about 2.5hrs with a couple additional hours slow-O. This was wonderful, continuing to open on the glass, dusty, dry earth, funk, pencil lead, floral perfume, cassis. The palate is medium full bodied, cassis, pencil, a touch of funk and earth, black raspberry, mouth watering acidity, great tannins with some nice grip to them, long finish. Great stuff. Still youthful and clearly needs air, but really good now if decanted. My and group WOTN. 92+ to 93pts.
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(Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux) Bricking very dark red violet color; lovely, mature, tart cassis, tart currant, blackberry nose; tasty, maturing, tart berry, blackberry, tart currant palate; will go 10 years; medium-plus finish
(Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux Margaux) This is dark and glossy, with a deep core showing good concentration out to a claretty-pink rim. Still showing its youth on the nose, with barrel-derived aromas of toffee and toasted oak which dominate the fruit. Clearly this remains very embryonic. Full and unsurprisingly sweetly creamy on entry, smothered in toasty oak, but with lots of structure beneath this superficial layer. Deep, slightly brawny fruit character, very high quality, with a tannic finish. Still so young, but with great potential.
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