2 hour decant. Rich. Exotic. Remarkable concentration. Fruit driven - blue and blackberries - although secondary leathery elements too. Prominent oak but the wine is not dry at all and the wine manages and suits it. Blind I might have guessed very high end Spanish. No way this tastes like a 16 year old bottle that has been stored in a natural cellar. So young and alive.
Dark garnet Mushroom, soy sauce, boysenberry,dusty cherry, a light toasted oak, hint of raspberry all nose. Finish is so good. 20 plus second finish. Big silky mouth feel. Nose is massive. Delicious. Extremely well balanced wine. Still very young. Mix of blue berry, and raspberry flavors. If you are 2 people drinking this I highly recommend a short decant and then taste the amazing transitions. Weight is medium plus. Tannins are still strong in this one, but timing might be just right. 1.5 hours in. Flavors are black currant, toasted almonds, wood flavors. Creamy cheese or fresh dairy nose. 3 transition, great flavors and nose. Excellent wine. One of the best I have had this year!
Dusty and dirty on the nose with a heavy dose of dill and vanilla. Has that meaty syrah note. On the palate this wine seems to be a little tight. Perhaps needs more time, even though it's 16 years old. Dark fruits and a metric f*&# ton of American oak.
A ringer thrown into a high end blind Rhone tasting. Immediately called Australia with the nose. Big, sweet, fruity. Nice complexity though and it evolved nicely. Palate was smooth, silky, interesting, with good complexity. Oak was nicely integrated with the big fruit but still obvious. Longggg finish. Very nice.
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(Penfolds Grange) The 1999 Penfolds Grange was a rare 100% Shiraz and spent 17 months in oak. Gil observed, ‘classic eucalyptus and mintiness from the wood,’ jokingly calling it ‘koala food’ lol. I found the ’99 more medicinal, perhaps due to the lack of Cabernet, I wondered, along with a weird fruitiness to it, still very aromatic but a touch sickly. Its flavors were more classically in line, but still very young and hot with spicy szechuan flavors.