Dinner with good friends at I Trulli (I Trulli, Flatiron, NYC): Deep blood, a little bricking. Deep and spicy on the nose, licorice, spice cake, molasses - blackstrap, really. Yummy, and gained a significant florality with more air. The palate is tannic tannic, brutally; it has fruit, and loads of acidity, but this is many years from resolving. Good, dense length displays its fundamentally sound balance. Wait... I wouldn't even try this for another 10 years, personally.
Initial score 92 upon opening. Color hardly showing any age whatsoever. Slightly orange rim. Nose jumped out of the bottle. Cedar, vanilla, blueberry, some tar. Really smells classic old world. Palate classic old world as well. Hard to ID specific fruits. Definitely vanilla and wood with some combo of sweet, tart, dark and bright fruit on the mid palate. Pretty complicated (or subtle) flavors besides the vanilla / wood. Not sure if wood is overpowering or the fruit is understated. Still lots of tannin left. 2nd night, if I didn't know what this was, I'd guess it to be a Chateau Musar! Developed quite a bit of that typical Musar nose and palate. Still drank very nicely 2nd night through remainder of bottle.
Orange at the rim, tending to black at the core - leather, earth and slight strawberries on the nose. Significant sediment, when first opened this wine was very tart and closed - two hours in the decanter have made quite a difference: the wine has relaxed, put on weight and the acidity has become less searing. The wine is quite dense and powerful, but secondary flavours dominate, still a trifle tannic on the finish.
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(Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero) Bricking dark red violet color; slight TCA, tart red fruit, currant, green herbs nose; tight, tart currant, dill palate with slightly drying tannins; medium-plus finish
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