Annual Tasting Group Holiday Party (La Belle Vie, Mpls): Very dark red color. 15 minute double decant, great looking cork. Drank 1+ glass over 2 hours. This might not be in everyone's wheelhouse, but I was pretty pleased. Deeply earthy up front but with plenty of fruit, blueberry, red fruits, saddle leather, pencil lead. The palate is deep and silky, very nice texture, dark red fruits with some plum and black currant in the mix, horsey leather, very earthy, old school, medium grained tannins with a very long finish. This can go awhile.
HDH Bordeaux Auction; 10/31/2014-11/1/2014 (Chicago, IL): A lot more reserved -- a bit of a wallflower compared to the exuberance of the '85. The nose features a lot more leather and dusty earth (a la St. Julien) with the fruit (red cherry and currant) here taking more of a backseat. Another classic, but more in the vein of Bordeaux than Napa. Not on the down trend, though drinking now might provide more fruit. This held up very well -- and I enjoyed the leftover half of the bottle the next day with Five Guys.
HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago, IL): Nose is leafy, floral, and red fruit driven. Beautiful rustic aromas of cigar, and earth too. The palate had a real sweetness to it...tons of cherries, pomegranate, and rose notes. Very nice.
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