Wines that Rock (Craig & Nita's Place): Very dark red color with a very subtle 2-3 mm bricked margin. Slow-O in the cellar for about 3 hours and probably another 2 hours by the time we got to it. I'll be the first to admit that I am so enamoured by these older, mature, evolved, well preserved, magnificent examples of wine and winemaking regardless of where they're from that it is becoming increasingly harder to be satisfied by anything else. This bottle was from the same source as the previous bottle I had tasted last fall and was perfect condition despite a fully saturated cork and some mold on the top. I've gotten to the point where these corks don't really even phase me anymore...much anyway. I could just sit and inspire these aromas all night long. The gorgeously perfumed smell wafts about, potpourri, florals, leather, sandalwood, elegant cassis, mild funk and earthiness, dark berries and soy reduction. The palate is sophisticated, balanced, leather, funk, cassis, dark berries, subtle graphite, silky tannins that are nicely folded in and a very long finish. Medium full body with fruit and depth that belies its 31 year age. There is so much life to give; if the bottle is well stored this could can go 10 more years. 96+ to 97pts.
Another bottle left behind by a former member. Popped & poured, this showed violets and red fruit. Fully-integrated and balanced, with cedar, red berry and floral qualities on the palate. The finish is a little shorter than I would like. Pretty. Started to fade in the glass after 45 minutes or so.
Opened at the Anvil Club. Bottle was abandoned in a wine locker by a former member. Very dubious condition, but a light shone nicely clear through the bottle. Cork was mush, and the club didn't have an Ah-so, so we eventually pushed the cork into the bottle and strained through a coffee filter into a decanter. Color was still dark with no bricking. Nose had that oh so faint sweat sock, along with typical Bordeaux profile and some dark fruits. Palate was much better than the nose, and actually improved over the course of an hour or so. Black fruits, leather and tobacco with a decent finish. Provenance was obviously an issue here, but this was a very pleasant surprise. Not as lovely as the pristine bottle that Allred opened for us in 2013, but not too shabby either. Between the staff and a few other members at the bar, the bottle was fully consumed.
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