Burgundy Dinner with Friends (Paris Club - Chicago IL): Popped and poured. This was incredibly lush, forward and unctuous. Lots of almost sweet stone fruit aromas and flavors with brown spice. This was very "2003" in terms of being fat and forward, but is able to retain and show moderate energy and acidity. Very easy to enjoy, just easily overshadowed by the 2005 vintage in the next glass.
Birthday with Vosne Romanee (Boka - Chicago IL): Rich and buttery nose with some traces of floral charm. Incredible citrus fruit on palate with lots of baby fat. Just the faintest hint of tropical fruit on the nose and palate, but the acidity and minerality smack any thoughts of saying this is overripe Chardonnay right out of your mouth. Intense fruit and power on finish. Needs another 3-5+ years.
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