A svelte nose with a metallic brightness, vanilla notes, warm wet rocks and an appealing mustiness. Flavors of dark plum, dark cherry, moss, and fresh undergrowth. Vibrant for the first 45 minutes but faded noticeably after one hour. Drink now as this wine has peaked but can still provide a great experience. Bottle from domaine.
From magnum - Beautiful nose – wow, so La Tâche! So crystallized – just spicy yum. Fruit was pure, silky, rich and charged with a nice zing of citrus. This is showing elegance but not the power you will get from vintages like ’99 etc.
La Paulee Gala (San Francisco CA): La Paulee gala. Aromatics shows lots of spice and roses along with plenty of forest floor. Still some lingering delicate red fruit, but the very interesting component is the excellent spice. Wine is a bit tired and musty, so I'd be drinking this up soon.
From magnum. The first thing apparent is the spine of acidity which is such a high note you could almost call it juicy, but it doesn't make the wine shrill, just gives it a little more zing than you'd expect. And then the waves of flavor come. There's tobacco, soy, and citrus, but there's no point trying to catalog them all - more important than the substance of the tastes is how they build on each other, one after another. Just when you're getting a sense of the wine gently seeping into the palate the flavor transforms into something else, and then something else again. And in spite of the acidity the impression on the palate is as gentle as could be -- almost no tannin left but silky and finely knit just the same. What a treat!
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(DRC La Tache) out of Jeroboam. Worcestershire and a noticeable whiff of oak were the first things that came to my nose, and while there was just enough cherry and tomato behind those to make the bloody mary, the oak was a bit intrusive. The palate was spiny with lots of acidity, very hearty, edgy and spiny, a bit over the top in that regard. Tom noted ‘a short attack and a lot of t ‘n a,’ and that summed it up. Now I have had some great 1979 DRC experiences out of large format, but this was not at the top of that pyramid, which just goes to show that those big bottles have variation, too. It was still very good
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