Bordeaux & San Sebastian Trip; 3/6/2015-3/13/2015: Nose: tobacco, smoke, intense leather and perserved cherry notes. Leafy and old bordeaux that is nicely integrated. Palate: opened beautifully over about an hour. No decanting just bottle aeration. Cherry, plum and tobacco, soil/leather. Gorgeous, seamless and fully mature. Maderized cherry with sweet earth notes. Finish: moderate and acidic but great for 66. Spoke st estephe with deep soil/spice beautifully.
Purchased at Bordeaux Magnum and consumed at Cordeillan Bages. . Recorked in 2014, neck fill.
The '61 Meyney really outshined this. Solid wine, with flowery notes on the nose. Very sweet palate, with marischino cherries, ripe strawberries, flowers, leather. Finish very solid and the wine has enough tannins to keep going for several more years.
St. Estephe Night (Home of Mike and Sandra O.): Decanted for sediment and enjoyed over several hours. Bricking, almost brown color. Nose a little faded at first, but after an hour or so showing some vinyl, menthol and mature dried fruit and leather. Mature fruit on the palate, little tannin, quite soft with caramel and pipe tobacco. Moderate finish, a little simple and fruit driven, but still very much alive. A real treat to have a mature wine of this vintage, while probably past peak, still showing quite well. An experience more so than a complex wine. Much more enjoyable than the parker note would lead you to believe (though not a great wine).
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