The Thirteenth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, Ontario, Canada): Sheer perfection... Nose is entoxicating, powerful, enthralling and humbling all at the same time. How did I get to this place...to drink this wine...in this moment? I am a lucky man. Aromas of spice, mineral, nutmeg, cherry liquor, dried red flowers, earth, soy, orange zest, stems and forrest floor. The palate is so svelte....layered, pith and pure. Pure tart red fruit, earth, forrest floor, cedar, stems, spice, nutmeg, sandalwood, and violets. Finish is never ending, the flavours are never ending...this wine never stops. Minutes go by and I still taste it. I want to cry....but there are all these damn people around. Awesome and jaw dropping wine.
Jeremy Holmes stated the profile spot on. Never had a wine like this before. So much going on. Opened for an hour. Really hit stride 3 hours later. Only second time in my life with the RC. Had Latache probably a dozen times, and this was quite different.
The 1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti was on fire, drinking just the way you’d expect and like it to. The aroma was comprised of aniseed, juniper, sandalwood, rose petals, balsamic and a touch of vegemite. In the mouth it was complex, layered, lacy and cerebral. There’s so much going on but it has such great poise and restraint. The finish is full of what the Japanese would term umami and every sip was an absolute delight.
Kruger's 75th (Corsair): Another DRC when after it is poured, everyone takes a sip, yet no one has anything to say! Absolutely stunning. Very meaty nose, touch gamey? Smoked and cured meats, almonds, bing cherry and plum. Warm spices, delicate touch of forest floor and mushroom. The palate is where everything comes together into a seamless, complex experience. In a very good place right now. The fruit isn't dried out quite yet and the acid and structure is very well alive.
Now at an age when bottle variation results in a game of Russian roulette. Some bottles make you wonder why anyone ever made a fuss. Other bottles leave you speechless, kneeling down before your glass thanking God you lived long enough to pop the cork. This bottle was definitely in the latter camp. Reducing the experience to a tasting note would be akin to blasphemy.
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