Sydney Burgundy Celebration: Iconic Wineries (Blind): One of the hardest wines to get a good read on in this flight. At first the nose is closed down but it did start to show some stalks, violets and a fair bit of earth. The red fruits on the palate did have more presence along with good length and acidity. I'm not loving this right now and would want to see it with a serious amount more time in the bottle. I was not surprised when its identity was revealed as I tried it one year ago and it was rather introverted, with this bottle probably showing even more so.
La Paulée de New York Grand Tasting (Metropolitan Pavilion - New York NY): Light red fruit on the nose - restrained, austere. Green on the palate - some fruit and spice, earth. Red cherry and stone finish. Probably will improve, but no where near enough to justify the price tag. Avoid the 11 Red Burgs. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4.5+/6, Finish - 4.5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 14.5+/20 (with 15.5/20 potential.)
La Paulée de New York Grand Tasting (Metropolitan Pavilion - New York NY): Tasting, brief note. 50% whole cluster. Floral start with spice and red berries. Flavors were slightly less appealing to me, with more structure than ripe fruit and firm tannins for the level of concentration. I guess this was one of the more controversial wines at the tasting, with several people telling me they thought it showcased the green character of many 2011s, but I really can't completely agree with that.
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