Garnet with some lightning at the rim. Explosive aromas of dried cherries, flowers, mushrooms, earth and spice. The dried fruit aromas predominated later as the high toned floral aromas faded. I didn't want to swallow this but it was my next to last drop of the evening and I can still taste it this morning.
To drink this wine is to experience a single, clear beam of purity and flavor. To dissect it there is cherry, strawberries, vanilla, balanced and fresh acidity, wonderful length, wonderful purity. But it is a single unified note that resonates on the palate for over a minute.
Fundamentally similar to the last time we drank this wine, and same rating, but there were some important differences. This wine had "older", more tertiary fragrances and flavors than the previous bottle, but both were vibrant.
Poured, not decanted. Dark color, still showing youth. The initial nose was massive and with only a slight hint of barnyard, no funk, and prominent cigar tobacco, cedar, leather, and vanilla; a sweet nose, with rich blue and black fruits. It has a sweet, rich flavor, ripe blackberries and dried black cherries. Sweet, rich and silky with soft tannins. There was a lovely dusty flavor after one hour. Extremely long aftertaste.
La Tache dinner (The Boardl Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): This was served along with the 89. A great privilege to taste them together. Two excellent wines with very different personalities. Very youthful fresh red fruit drive nose, raspberries, cherries, pine, tar, only a hint of vosne spices, a strong note of raw button mushrooms and earth. Excellent concentration, energetic fresh red fruit driven palate, bright acidity and noticeable but not bothersome tannins. A big scale wine with formidable structure. This was the most masculine La tache of the night for me.
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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche) Light-medium bricked red color with clear meniscus; very mature, mushroom, earthy, cigar box nose; tasty, mature, tobacco, cigar box palate with very firm tannins and medium acidity; medium-plus finish
(DRC La Tache) The 1988 DRC La Tache had a lot of urine in its nose, or as Gil politically corrected me, ‘uric acid,’ in this nightclub sofa kind of way. Catbox, stewed tomato (‘canned actually,’ Mr. V chimed in), citrus and tang all emerged in this pungent nose, along with nice minerals. Both the nose and the palate turned green a la the incredible Hulk in this tannic wine, with me noting peas and Gil ‘fava beans.’ Whether that will be a good thing in the future remains to be seen
(DRC La Tache) was also a great wine, sweet, sturdy and spiny, but it did have some tough acts to follow. Someone noticed 'a little pencil shavings.' It was rich and meaty, oily, thick, oozing and saturated in the nose. The palate was long and smooth, less intense and more earthy than the nose and perhaps would have shown better if served earlier on in the night