Great nose of cigar box, plum, black cherry and currants, more of the same on the palate, medium/big body, atypical Graves to me, almost as good the second night, medium/long finish, lovely aftertaste.
Opened this to see if this was as disappointing to me as of 3 months ago and this just shrieked bottle variation. Stunning bold viscous fruit, fat plums, dark brooding complex tannins, venison/game on the palate that had me overjoyed, meshed with graphite and lead pencil shavings with a mineral kick in the background. This bottle was so solid it was as amazing as my last one was underwhelming. Such is wine....
Cepages Bordeaux Tasting (North End Grill; New York City): Drank at Cepages bordeaux tasting. Ruby/garnet in color, shows very slight bricking. Fairly intense nose showing aromas of tobacco, leather & earth. Remnants of black fruit appear, but this wine is dominated by notes of tobacco, earth and perhaps some tar on the palate. Mostly at the tertiary level, very much on the rustic side with some very definite cab sauv characteristics, but became tiresome after awhile. This being the final red wine of a long eve of drinking stellar bordeaux, this wine didn't match its highly heralded competition. I'd drink this wine sooner than later.
Oh wow. You know, sometimes you pull a nice bottle out of the cellar, take it to a special occasion, and get sorely disappointed? This was the opposite. Was having a quiet dinner at home, and grabbed the 2000 Haut-Bergey because it was in its window and I hadn't had an aged bordeaux in a while. I was in no way expecting the excellence of this bottle. Notable for its earthy nose, smooth tannins, and dark restrained fruit; this wine punched way above its weight. A picture of balanced elegance. A good claret in its prime. Only needed about 30 mins in the decanter to show its stuff. Bravo. Great QPR.
Purchased as futures and perfectly cellared. The color was dark red, with ruby on the rim, maybe a hint of garnet at the very edge; still seems relatively youthful. This has notes of blackberries, currants, smoke, tree bark, iron and earth. The tannins are resolved, but this didn't really seem silky on the palate... a bit severe in style. I liked this and found it excellent for the price paid, but it didn't excite me. I will probably let this age 5 more years to see if it becomes less severe.
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