Pre-holiday afternoon with friends...mostly with Burgundy (Northbrook, IL): Great spice-driven aromatic start, that I would certainly have mistakenly thought from Vosne-Romanee if tasted blind. Lush, powerful and very dense, this has great concentration and intensity through a moderately long finish. Beautiful now, this will continue to be charming and wonderful for at least another decade.
High fill, somewhat dried-out cork which came out easily. Lighter ruby hue. Nose was quite nice: dark raspberry, iodine, deeply-pitched florals. Palate was marked by iron and earth. Mildly tart black raspberry and cherry fruit evident but decreased over time as the mineral and earth flavors took over. Big tannins and ample but not balancing acidity. Moderate finish. A well-made, quality wine reflecting its vintage and terroir accurately but ultimately not enjoyable.
Dark ruby. Nose of brambles, iron, black raspberry, mountain florals. Linear layers of black cherry and raspberry fruit on the palate with iron notes and some tartness. Nice acidity and austere tannins, moderate finish. Not as fully integrated as the last bottle. One left, which will slumber for years yet.
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