Flickinger Warehouse Tasting (Chicago, IL): This wine starts out promising enough, with a very heady and sweet black fruit aroma. The palate is similar in that respect too, though it comes out a bit too syrupy for my taste. Then you get to the finish, which is marred with an inordinate amount of prickly oak that leaves a really unpleasant bitter aftertaste.
As evidenced by the photo I uploaded, the cork exploded upon removal. While I could initially smell beautiful aromas of dark fruits, I also picked up on a troubling whiff of cork taint, and after clearing the cork, decanting, and tasting the wine my fears were confirmed. It was corked but only mildly, so I decided to let the wine come to room temperature and open. As it warmed the strength and beauty of the wine caught up and muted the cork taint to the point that we could actually drink it. While not the experience we desired, I was pleased not to have to pour a '95 HSS down the drain!
I was worried because this bottle had a punk cork. Despite best efforts with an ah-so corkscrew (after regular corkscrews hollowed out the cork, decanting through a mesh sieve salvaged the situation. Opaque colour. Big graphite and sweet cassis entry and finish. Plush tannins and texture. Plenty of years left.
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