Tasting Group Holiday Party (Mouton, Laurent, Essencia, Hundred Acre, Staglin, +++) (University Circle): Holy crap is this bottle heavy. Must be 6 pounds. Purple in color. The nose is cassis, cedar and saw dust. On the palate, this is sweet jammy pie filling. Also a bit chalky. Hugely tannic. It took a moment for my palate to adjust after the Mouton. Once it did, this was quite enjoyable. I am sure some would find this the antithesis of wine, but that's too bad. There is a lot of hedonistic pleasure here. Drinking very young, blind I might have guessed a 2013. Given the fruit and tannins, I would say this has a long life ahead.
My guess is this wine is reflecting the mediocre year 2006 was for Napa. Bouquet was wonderful, but the wine had little body to it, at least not to the level I was expecting for such a high-$ wine. (Or perhaps my tastings over the previous year of some very outstanding wines has had some influence?) Nonetheless, this was enjoyed with good company celebrating some good news, so there's that.
My dinner was the LB Steak 8oz filet mignon with horseradish cream sauce, creamed spinach, and potato sarladaise.
Decanted and drank over two hours. Initially this was a little tight in a little rough but after about an hour and rounded out nicely. Big and lush in the glass. Lots of dark black of fruit. Coffee, licorice, chocolate. Some floral notes. Medium smooth finish.
Very youthful fruit upon opening. Nice combination of spice and dark fruit after an hour of opening. Three hours after opening it was voluputous on the tongue and elegantly soft as it finished. This wine will only get better with age. Looking forward to our next ones!!
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