A lot of Wines at Tommy's Clambake (again again) (Tommy's): This was disappointing. I waited until it had been open for a while and was down to the last few pours. i do own a couple of these. Very little fruit showing. Thick tannins. Not much complexity. I could not detect any obvious faults, but it just seemed old and tires. Hopefully, just a not great bottle. I had this a few times and it showed better but always needed a lot more time.
This wine has improved considerably over the last 5 years! The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound. An outgoing bouquet, with notes of casis, tobacco, cedar and black truffle. Medium bodied, with a velvety texture, impressive depth, good grip, and a long finish.
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(Grand Puy Lacoste) Tight out of the gates but with some coaxing a gorgeous nose of tar, blackberry, tobacco, currants, black cherries mineral and a touch of toasty oak. Very aromatically precise . . . Rich and decadent in the mouth with superconcentrated fruit . . . Firms up on the finish but has astounding length and brilliant delineation . . . Wow!!
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