Crowdpleasing decent enough red at a July 4th grill out. Several glasses into the proceedings this wine delivered exactly what was needed. Plenty of ripe fruit and a dollop of sweet vanilla. Slipped down effortlessly.
This is still very young but built for a long curve. Tannic, dusty, and minerally but plenty of fruit and complexity underneath. At this stage it tastes very Right Bank and should have at least another year before drinking.
judgement of sweden - wines from oregon and washington state (Operaterassen, Stockholm): This has even more tannins than the 1999, which of course is to be expected of an 11 yrs younger wine, but the point is that this has less fruit. So not too hopeful about the future here. Furthermore, there is more new oak feel to this. But it is fresh and pure and dry and thinking with the right food (steak and cream sauce?) this might be nice and food friendly.
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