The cork split while I opened, so I poured into a decanter. This is a medium red wine that gets markedly lighter at the rim. There is not much sediment in the glass, and the wine is generally murky in the glass. On the nose, I get mushrooms, tobacco, some underbrush, and a slight bit of red fruit. The nose opens up quite a bit with air. In the mouth, this is a bit thin, with a weight that reminds me of a Burg. The finish is crisp with some hints of tar. Overall, this wine feels like it is breaking up a bit, but is still elegant and fascinatating (particularly toward the end of the bottle). It is not the best birth-year wine I've had, but I look forward to my remaining bottles. 92 points.
Interesting blind flight between Ausone 1979 and Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill 1979.
For me as for the most participants the second winner (92 vs 95). It has lost most of his fruits, getting better after time, reluctant, seems over the peak, I guessed Burgundy because of tar and forrest ground in the nose
A rich nose which stood in contrast with much lighter wine on the palate; plenty of acidity and well-integrated tannins. Light on its feet; this along with the 1979 Calon-Segur was my favorite. Elegance even with a stronger ending.
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