Medium red in color with slight bricking. Fantastic red floral nose loaded with spices and slight mushrooms. Medium plus palate with very good focus and structure, floral just like the nose and long finish. Fantastic wine in a great place to drink, I wouldn't wait any further for a wine that is drinking this well.
La Paulee Gala (San Francisco CA): Ripe red and black cherry work well with earthy aromas, but these were all behind great sweet baking spice. Flavors balanced the earthy and fruit components well, nicely supported by good acids and tannins that gave a firming character. Far superior to the 1985 La Tache tasted shortly after.
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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Echezeaux) Light medium red color with clarity and clear meniscus; bretty, barnyard nose, that cleans up some after 40 minutes or so, to more of a horseradish and dried red fruit nose; chlorine, brett, tart, mature cranberry and rosehips palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 88+ pts.
(DRC Grands Echezeaux) We continued the ’85 vs. ’91 battle with a pair of Contis. The 1985 DRC Grands Echezeaux had a spectacular nose that sung all the great qualities of 1985 in that unique DRC way. Aromas of rust, menthol, red fruits (rusty ones again) and iron were present in its tense, zippy, pungent and deep nose. The palate was rich, long and saucy, still young with taut fruits and lingering acidity. It was a tightrope walker of a wine, balancing its fruit and finish components deftly in delicious fashion. Many hailed it as wine of the night
(DRC Grands Echezeaux) The Ech was paired with a 1985 DRC Grands Echezeaux. Alexander the Great noticed ‘beet cottage’ right away in its big, beefy nose. There were lots of brown aromas, but not as in mature. Some vitamins and rose crept out behind the beef. The palate was oily and concentrated, almost too much so, again beefy. Its finish was lip-smacking but bruising, and the GE was a bit broad-shouldered at the moment. Although I thought the ’85 to be the better wine as far as its raw materials and long-term aging potential, I preferred the ’83 Ech on this night, as did Maynard and Ray
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