Initially a somewhat subdued nose that required a bit of coaxing, but then really opened up into an intriguing mix of drying red cherries, dry leather, and dark spices, cinnamon and brown sugar. Baking and doughy notes emerge later on in addition to some woods. Elegant while still delivering a good bit of power. Great balance of fruits, minerals, and earth with nearly perfectly integrated tannins. Palate delivers cherry, leathers, and mild tobacco. A really beautiful bottle.
Very dark, lean and full of compact yet totally unrevealing nuances. Mostly subtle dark fruit, meat, tear and spice on the nose. The palate gave up much more and while this was a very sound wine, there was zero excitement.
Killing baby Burgundies at the Playground (Playground , Santa Ana, CA): This wine is so complete and balanced right now after a hour or two opened. It throws off copious amounts of red fruit, black tea leaves, earth with cooling acidity uplifting all the flavors as it just expanded across the palate. Big contrast to the 92 I had the week before that had that same beautiful leroy BM acidity but without that fruit to back it up.
A really enchanting spice/earth nose with sweet fruit and some unresolved alcohol in the beginning. The palate was open, sweet, and well balanced. The unresolved alcohol integrated after 2 hours to become a complete wine with some additional black tea component emerging. Delicious.
Medium red color with slight brownish rim. Typical Leroy floral nose with lots of spices, ripe fruit, in fact in the beginning a little harsh, alcohol and unresolved tannins. With time the balance came back, nose with a small amount of candied fruit behind the flowers, elegant and fine. But next to the Brulees 95, this wine does not have as much power or focus, slightly lacking in concentration. In its prime now.
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(Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts) Medium brick red color with pale meniscus; nice tart strawberry with sous bois nose; tasty and complex palate of tart strawberry, red fruit, rosehips and minerals; medium-plus finish
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