Tasted double blind. Sweet curranty nose, some stinky sock, some oak spice, and a bit of green. Smells a lot like old Cabernet. Palate leaves something to be desired, not particularly full or long. Ended up guessing a not particularly interesting 1990 Cali Cab. No rating here as this was not a representative bottle.
Drank side by side with an '85 LLC. The 85 was more fully matured and ready to be drunk. The 86 was still tannic and seemed unresolved. All at the tasting agreed it still has years before it hits its peak which we all felt was very high. Hold 5-10 yrs.
Big blind tasting of 17 big bottles. All of different Kind, style, Region and vintage. Together with mouton 1996 in One flight. For me closed at this stage, just few fruits as typical cassis notes. Some leather, earth and truffles. Strong and fresh acidity. tannins firm and still present.will need 10 more years to Show All his skills.younger than the 1996 mouton in my opinion, but the mouton better at this stage. 96+
Outstanding wine. Decanted and aerated for an hour, then drank over another. Deep ruby, hardly any signs of aging. Excellent nose of blackberry leaf, black currants intermingled with graphite, cigar box and cassis. On the palate very complex yet very precise, medium to full bodied, masculine yet extremely refined, first growth material. Good acidity, velvety tannins well integrated and an excellent finish. What a wine!
Dreamer no 2: Un nez de boite à cigare et de cuir, avec des cerises rouges qui percent après une bonne aération. La bouche est d'un équilibre souverain, c'est un prince discret et élégant, avec tanins très fins. Superbe vin qui parait encore jeune. Alliage exceptionnel de puissance et de finesse, un vin dans un style intellos discret. 94-95 pts
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(Château Léoville Las Cases) Dark red violet color; tart cassis, tart black fruit, beef jus, ethereal nose; tart black fruit, rich beef jus, iodine, tart hoisin sauce, mulberry palate with firm tannins; long finish 94+ points (best bottle of this I've had, by far)
(Leoville Las Cases) The 1986 Leoville Las Cases had a big nose and was blacker and inkier. Its purple fruit was decadent and its musk great, and it also had a sexy vanilla quality to it. The palate was rich, long and thick with a nice finish that had lots of unfolding tannins. The palate was refined, and Julieanne called it ‘a nice package.’ It was (95).
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