Dinner at Vic's (Vic's Fine Dining): Decanted 30 minutes, drank 1/5th the bottle over 90 minutes. This is big and young. The oak is quite present at this moment. It did flesh out well in the glass, showing elegance, minerality and some nice tannins.
Dinner at Vic's (Vic's on the River, Mpls): VEry dark red color. Decanted for about 30 minutes at first pour, then drank 2 glasses over 90 minutes. This was not really ready, and while the short decant helped, it was not enough to overcome the youthfulness. The nose is a bit reticent, wood, darker red fruit, a bit green and herbal at this point. The palate feels a bit lean too, cherry, dried berry fruits, wood, spice, round tannins that don't seem aggressive, medium finish. This just needs time to flesh out and resolve - probably 2-3 years. Impression now is 90- 91, but I expect it will be significantly better down the road. Score withheld.
The 2011 Dominus continues to be a mysterious wine that is constantly evolving in the glass. The nose showed crush blackberry, raspberry, and spice with chalky minerality and hints of pepper. On the palate, I found silky textures ushering in dark red fruit, plum, and savory spice. The finish was long with tart berries, black licorice, and haunting violet floral tones.
A ringer in this line-up of 2011 and 2012 Bordeaux reds. All were served blind. Quite strong oak influence at this stage, quite charming and expressive with fairly rich fruit, sweet compote notes. On the palate good balance, rather fresh and linear with decent length. 89-91
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