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  • By John Kapon
    Paris a la Mode with Dr. Desai, 9/19/2005 93 points

    (Montrose) had a gorgeous nose: forward, fragrant and seductive. There was plump cassis, plum, chocolate, nut, caramel, cedar, minerals, pencil, bread and earth all dancing in unison in its nose. Steve called it 'rich, especially compared to 1986,' and the palate was just delicious with its round and rich flavors, with more of the earth and mineral shades exerting themselves. The saltiness of St. Estephe seemed to be taking charge, and there were more tannins and acidity than I expected on the palate; it was still less dry and tannic than the 1986 but just as good if not slightly better at this stage. Bipin, right on cue, went into his 1985 vs. 1986 spiel, which is how 1985 is superior to 1986 and that the two vintages are similar to 1953 vs. 1952. For this wine and this moment, the case could be made, although I thought the 1985 lost its focus more over time in the glass, but it was certainly the most enjoyable of the first flight at the moment. James called it 'softer, rounder and more ready, but I like the more austere quality of 1986'

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