From a great looking bottle with a VHS fill, this wine had a deep red center and light red rims. The medium+ intensity nose had a fair amount over Provencal herb in the beginning. After a couple of hours of air, the herbs receded and the result was: black cherries, blackberries, red soil, Provencal herbs, and a hint of cedar.
In the mouth, this wine was ripe and round and yet it felt streamlined and precise due to its light body and crisp acidity. The tannins were light and round and yet clearly present. The overall balance was very impressive. A refined wine with great complexity and mouthfeel.
This wine was best with 4+ hours of air and will clearly last for at least 10 more years. However, I don't see any reason to wait. Impressive!
Another wonderful bottle of this "Unfiltered" wine that was in excellent, very top shoulder condition. Please see my prior notes for a more complete description.
This bottle was just a bit less crisp in the mouth than the very last bottle I had (which was fantastic) but the lovely rounded tannin still provided a substantial finish. It certainly improved with 2+ hours of air. A crowd pleaser and a lovely wine to drink now with the appropriate amount of decanter time. FYI, there is also an "Unfined" version but I am not sure how that compares.
Please see the notes from my previous tasting of this "unfiltered" bottling. This bottle was in exactly the same shape as the prior bottle. However, I would say the flavors of this one were just a touch more intense, in both the mouth and the nose. Extremely impressive and should last, if well stored, for years.
This wine was from an attractive bottle ("Unfiltered" at an angle) with a base neck fill. The color was medium red in the center with oranging rims. The moderately high intensity nose was quite complex with Provencal herbs, smoked game, and black cherries.
It was pretty good right out of the gate but certainly improved with an hour or two of air as it became longer and more integrated. While the mid-palate was medium weight, it was the finish that made this wine special and Bordeaux-like. It was super smooth and refined with great acidic cut. The flavor of Napa "red dust" just hung in your mouth for ages, seemingly out of nowhere.
According to a winery release I recently read, it was the "Unfined" bottling that became the reserve in 1971. Nonetheless, this is a lovely wine.
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