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Community Tasting Notes (2) Avg Score: 96 points

  • WOW! From a 375 at Bern's steakhouse in Tampa. Popped and poured without dec anting because the sommelier was a bit concerned that it might fade after a decant. In retrospect, I do not think it would have. A cascade of flavors. The principal flavors were cassis and plum, with the plum coming out stronger as it gained air. There was a bit of cherry, with earthiness and forest mushrooms to go with the fruit. The finish was long. I poured the last little bit from the bottle with the dregs into my glass and left it there throughout the meal. It added more and more fruit as it opened up, ending with an aroma of plum jam. The color was quite light for a syrah, but that's a function of age. I ordered this just as a curiosity because I have never had a 48 year old Hermitage. When I was younger, I never bought Hermitage because it was supposed to be at least 30 years before it was ready, and when I was age 26, that might as well be forever. This wine was probably $5 or less on release, and with patience, it has become a great treat.

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  • Pruny nose, palate was off.

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