Saturday Fun at Domaine (Chicago, IL): Tasted blind (I pegged it for an early 00's Barolo based on the earthy and fruity nose, though the tannins didn't feel right). The palate came off a little hollow and lacking in concentration, though there were quite some nice fruit flavours. Very light tannins that didn't have too much grip.
Don't know how, but it was bright luden's cough drop red out of the bottle. A bit dead on the nose and a short finish, but in between, a very pleasant light version of what you'd expect. Bright red fruit, a bit of spice, no tannin experience to speak of. Guess I timed the last bottle reasonably well. Complimented the eggplant well.
This surprising vibrancy of the fruit of this seventeen year attests to the longevity of these wines although its a bit more subdued than earlier years as it is approaching the end of its drinking window. Still full bodied, moderately firm with dark purple color it showed juicy round full and forward black fruits of blackberry and black currant with a layer of leather and cedar and hints of vanilla bean and creme de cassis, a touch of pencil lead on the finish with moderate lingering tannins.
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