The oldest bottle I've opened so far myself - a gift from another wine lover who had kept it well. The cork was still in very good shape and came out in one piece. The wine was definitely mature, but not over-aged. Restrained nose at first, slowly developing with surprising fruit for its age, notes of tobacco and wood. Slightly muted taste, far from an explosion of aroma, but gently developing and still persistent in a smooth way. With time cautiously developing somewhat more complexity and a nice lingering subtle mix of complex aromas.
All in all, an elderly gentleman no longer with the forces of youth but maintaining an elegant composure and a mature charm.
No Menu Sunday (Bonsoiree, Chicago): From 375ml. Came across this while shopping for something else and figured I'd give it a shot. Cork was in good shape, soaked not quite half way up and came out in a few large chunks. Poured a few minutes after opening, this had a fairly deep color, but displayed washed out currant and plum notes. Seems tired on the palate as well. Our friends enjoyed it, but I felt this was past its time.
I have never had a bottle that was as flawed as this. It was impossible to get my nose anywhere near it, it stank so much. After a day in the decanter I hoped the pong may have blown off a bit but it had not. Pinching my nose I still tried to taste a sip, just in case.....and down the drain it went along with the rest of the contents of the decanter. A crying shame as this was opened at a special occasion and had been one of two bottles my late step-father had left me. I am now scared to open the other and get the same result.
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