Second La Paulee Warmup Dinner (Ai Fiori - New York NY): Tasted in mini DRC Echezeaux vertical, all of which were opened ~45 minutes before serving with a quick double decant. Lots of red and black cherry with allspice and nutmeg throughout. Lots of acidity and tannins were harmoniously integrated. This was my favorite wine when first poured and for the next hour; it seemed to shorten and shut down slightly by the end of the evening.
Fathers 60th Birthday; 8/31/2014-9/1/2014: Unfathomable how young and vibrant this is. I've had recent vintages from good burgundy producers with less life in them. Nose is deeply saturated and full. Light spiciness, black cherries, lots of herbs with coriander at the front. Earth, dirt, wet autumn leaves and some buttery oak aromas. Incredible intensity and packed fruit, high acidity with distinct structure and tannins. Good balance, but will get even better.
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