2015 Athens Wine Event (Aleria Restaurant, Athens): Bready, mushroomy, forest floor well evolved and almost tertiary. On the palate as a contrast is primary, alive, good acidity and full of life! Light on the midpalate though and almost thin at times. Good wine not great though and expected so much more given vintage and producer. That been said we would love it on every occasion. 91-92
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(Montrose) The last wine of this flight was supposed to be from 1888, but instead became a 1982 Montrose when the 1888 was no good. It showed a bit metallically at first with some cherry behind it. The palate was much better, showing a Rhonish pepper edge. The nose got creamier, and the palate was light, pleasant and easy with carob and slate flavors, and a touch of red fruits. After the ’82 Montrose, a streak of my scores coinciding with the group’s average ended after four in a row
(Montrose) The 1982 Montrose was extremely peanutty, also possessing ‘sesame,’ as Ray pointed out. It was aggressive in those regards, but I didn’t mind it. It had nice t ‘n a, and a little bull and its blood, too. There were more olive flavors in the mouth, a bit of brick and game, and a touch of that cardboard but excellent length. Australian John summed up the Montrose emphatically, calling it ‘a real prizefighter of a wine that will never give up. It will be there forever.’ Its spiny, alcoholic finish certainly said so
(Montrose) had a very spiny nose in a pungent and alcoholic way. Aromas of anise and indoor cleaner dominated with some plum, fig and raisin underneath. There was a lot of cedar in the nose as well. The palate was long, sturdy and spiny, possessing lots of vigor, although it was definitely lopsided towards its dusty back end. The wine started to get a little sappier in the glass and come out of its shell, and flavors of green olives emerged. I asked Steve about his preference between the 1986 and 1982, a question that will constantly be repeated for years to come, and he said that he loved the 1986 and found it typical, but that one had to know with whom one was drinking to have that wine, that it was a claret lover's wine, and that the 1982 was 'more exotic and universal.' James found the 1982 'ever changing' and admired its 'strength and clarity,' adding he could drink it 'all night long.' For me, it was a statistical dead heat, although the finish of the 1982 showed more potential, I will admit
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