Some Grilling with the Toronto Cru (Toronto, ON): This is showing even a touch darker and more primary than the Cos poured previously. The nose is of plum, dark cherry, cassis, blackberry, alcohol, tar, smoked meat, stewed vegetables and leather. The palate is low in perceived tannin, medium minus in acid and comes across just a touch bitter. Still quite a nice drink overall.
Have had 3 bottles of this over the last couple of months. One of them was cooked and over the hill but the other two were good. For the good bottles, there was little at fault I could find. Even at 25, this is a powerful, tannic wine. Yet, there is also the unmistakable elegance and sweetness that come with maturity. Overall, this is in a good spot right now, where the power of youth and the mellowness of maturity are perfectly balanced. Very enjoyable experience.
Lovely aged Bordeaux. Decanted for 1.5 hours before drinking at annual steak & wine dinner. Completely different experience, but even held its own among lots of 2012 Napa cabs. Nice mature Bordeaux nose as initial bottle funk blew off, terrific balance on the palate, fruit still holding, nice smoke & leather notes, plenty long finish. Has to be at its peak, but will last some years at this level. Was a revelation for many of the Napa fans. Wish I had more!
1990 Bordeaux tasting in 2015 - round #1 (The Traklin - new location): double decanting for sediments removal 2 hours prior to drinking leaking cork under the capsule only, no drops out of the capsule light red-brown colour surprisingly no oxidation signes on the nose & palate, soft tertiary aromas of earthy-leather, medium bodied, soft tannins, good acidity level, lacks complexity, still enjoyable on the palate on its own, pleasant lingering finish.
Holy moly! Bring it on! In awe...See other notes...This bottle was light footed and so freaking elegant, mature, yet vibrant and long that it was astonishing how young it tasted. Lots of improvement with air..can go another 10 years easy and I think it will STILL IMPROVE.
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(Château Lagrange (St. Julien)) From magnum: Medium red violet color; focused truffle, plum and black fruit nose; great, youthful, tart black fruit, tart bery, graphite and pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish 94+ pts. (best Lagrange I've ever tasted)
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Dark, glossy hue. The nose has dark, smoky fruit. It's quite intense, and only with a little air does it reveal a very mild cork taint. It is very faint, insufficient to strip all the dark, smoky fruit character from the wine. Ripe grippy tannin, full and rich. Lovely length. This is a wine with great potential - if other bottles aren't corked, obviously! I will award a tentative score - a taint-free bottle may show even better.
(Lagrange) which had a classic nose of cedar, earth and tobacco, with secondary animal and cassis. The wine was a touch roasted, with long and fine t .n a in its nose. There were good earth, tobacco and cedar flavors. Clive only gave it 16, but the wine was solid and more than very good, and it got better and held well
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