Senn-d off: The oak-monster strikes! I should have figured that the oak treatment wouldn't be eased off in such a weak vintage. The nose is pretty enough, with some light cherry notes, although there's a sweetness to it that you kind of know is just from the oak. There's a slight tinge of vanilla there that foreshadows the bad things to come. The palate's got good lift thanks to some pretty nice acidity. It's be a nice, elegant, and light syrah if the oak weren't there. But it's there. Nagging you with that awful vanilla sweetness that just won't go away.
Notes consistent across two bottles. Dark fruit, light tar, dusty earth, hints of geranium and for the first time in recent bottles a faint attractive funk. Consistent with those bottles though is a finish that dries up after time. These bottles were decanted longer (1.5 hours) and appeared to benefit from it. 92-
A typical although somewhat subdued La Turque nose. The palate has dry dark earth, faint dark fruit, and light tar at first but fades after an hour and becomes somewhat bitter on the backpalate. A challenging vintage that this bottle could not rise above. Drink now, drink within an hour, and with food.
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