Dark purple colour, full aroma of perfume and fruit - the diminution of fruit continues as this wine is showing its age further with ripe concentrated plum and blackberry and black cherry fruits hanging on but giving way to ripe raisin fig tones accented by leather and wet cedar with a touch of vanilla and sweet cherry - tightly wound with a tinge of tight tannins and acid on the long fruit-filled finish.
Drank in a vertical after 94 and 95. Feel bad I didn't have a 96, but it's not because I am against that year, simply didn't have one. The fact it was our third bottle between 2 people it's hard to rate. As I can't remember it. The bottles and beers prior had their desired affect. Drinking partner had 7 hours drinking time under his belt before commencing. In summary, the bottle was empty the next mornig so it couldn't have been too bad.
I agree: with latter 1/3 of its drinking window. All sorts of aged aromas: horse sweat, saddle leather, pine resin. Austere beautiful wine. Not a fruit bomb at this stage whatsoever. Drank alongside the 2001 Grant Burge Mesach. This was the brunette in the black dress. The Mesach was the voluptuous redhead who says come over.
Its time to drink up as this '97 which is showing its age as the fruit starts to diminish somewhat. Looking at Cellartracker tasting notes, one writer reports this vintage still holding on while another says his is over the hill. While past its prime, this was still very much still inside the drinking window. Dark purple colour, full aroma of perfume and fruit - ripe concentrated plum and blackberry fruits with a touch of vanilla and sweet cherry - tightly wound with a tinge of tight tannins and acid on the long fruit-filled finish.
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