Drank at wine dinner at The Palm in Beverly Hills. 5th of 5. This is a big step done from the flagship 2009. Was last of 5 bottles so by that time I'm not going to pretend I remember it well. Waitress was cute. I remember that better.
Unfortunate circumstance around this bottle. It was my "backup" bottle at a dinner just in case my '75 Lafite was off, which thankfully it wasn't. But the staff at the restaurant took it upon themselves (they thought the 75 was no good, but never experienced old Bordeaux apparently) to open the bottle. They gave me the bottle (opened) after the bottle of Sauternes was opened and desserts nearly finished. Total screw up. I had a taste at home later that night and it was really strong, tannic, intense. Tried it again the following (Saturday) afternoon and it had improved quite a bit, mellowing out, showing its berry fruit and touches of vanilla. It got even better later that night. The following day, I tried it again around 8pm and it had started to go the other way, but was showing several different notes and still quite nice. Powerhouse of a wine. Has plenty of time for cellar dwelling. Enjoy in 8-10 years.
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