From magnum. An interesting and wonderful wine, though probably drinking at its peak maturity. Some bricking at the rim of the glass. Complex, lovely nose of wet earth, tobacco, pencil lead, spice, and mature fruit. In the mouth, a wine that changed as it was exposed to more air and with each sip. Fully resolved structure allowed the mouth feel to take on an almost feminine quality, with terrific balance and elegance. There was plenty of fruit, showing a touch of dried currant, and layers of earth and spice that grew deeper and more resonant with time. Strong finish. A really nice wine. A-/A
Purchased on the cheap for me and my buddies b-day. (We're both '84's) 4/5 of the cork was saturated, but it came out in one piece. It was showing its age, clear brick red. In the nose, it had some funky, wet tobacco notes. There was some underlying cooked red fruit, tingling menthol and warm Earth. In the mouth, lots of acid, soft mouth coating tannins and a pretty long finish for a wine that's over the hill. Nonetheless, it was the first wine I've had from 1984, it was very special. NR
Deep garnet color, slight meniscus, some dark berry fruit, cigar box and chocolate. Needed to open over a two hour period but improved and continued to open. Very nice wine. Interesting comparison to '82 Brane-Cantenac which opened early and subsequently cloised down. Drank with great friends and family at Will and Kate's rehearsal dinner in homr of Kate's birth year. Consumed with Beth, Rick, Linda, Rusty, Ann Greg and Marcia.
Herbs, tobacco and subtle floral accent the black cherry fruit. Decanted for two hours - initially slightly astringent perhaps showing its age; after about two hours the fruit opened and revealed a bigger, more firm, more powerful wine. Deep purple, garnet color, starting to develop a miniscus ring. Tasted from magnum. A few years left. The second year for this label, the only year that Hillside Select wasn’t 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (7% Cabernet Franc added). Medium body, mature flavors.
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