"Simple" Midweek Dinner (La Barca) (La Barca, Goodman Arts Centre): This bottle clearly had good underyling material, but it was distractingly advanced for a 2002, showing as though it was just siddling past its peak drinking window. I enjoyed it quite a bit though. It started out with a really mature nose, with dried undergrowth and meaty aromas forming a savoury backdrop for black cherry and berry scents, a toss of dried flowers and a twist of mint. Blinded, most on the table thought it was from the early 1990s. The palate was still fresh and lively, but it too showed a lot of development, with savoury, almost salty notes of boriled meat and earth layering the attack before matured notes of cooked berries and cherries came to the fore on the midpalate. There still was a nice balance to it along with a nice structure of lovely, fine tannins that gave a little rasp towards the finish. However, the very un-2002 sappy softness of the fruit suggested that the wine may just have been a tiny bit cooked. That aside though, I actually thought this was drinking well on the night and enjoyed it quite a bit.
Textbook style burgundian nose that is expressive with tones of sauerkraut, vegetal components and some ripe cherries. Mainly bright cherries with delicate teases of some earth and mushrooms. Good but not monumental finsh. A darn good effort from an excellent vintage and at a very reasonable price of $80 sold at the restaurant (the other bottles were all 3 digit prices). Glad we picked this one.
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