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Community Tasting Notes (6) Avg Score: 89 points

  • I significantly disagree with most of the tasters of this wine. Purchased at release and kept at 55-59 degrees since. It needs much more time to breathe than expected and at the 3 hour mark post decanting it begins to really show it's colors. Translucent medium garnet color with just a hint of brick on the edge. The nose has cherry, lavender, sweet spice, mushroom and a hint of pine. Palate has cherry, red plum, tobacco, and bacon. Aftertaste is medium to long and quite pleasant, perhaps a good 30+ seconds. Mouthfeel is smooth with just a little acidity remaining but not quite velvety. Great with sautéed duck breat.

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  • Blind Tasting: Funkadelic nose. Touch of vanilla. Cola and blueberry. Out of balance. Very alcoholic.

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  • Nice nose with red sweet fruit. A bit thinner in the mouth than other 97's Reserve I have tasted.

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  • My last bottle, and I wasn’t expecting much. What a surprise, this Saintsbury has done very well over the years and would be pretty well at it’s peak. Nose of bright cherry, oak with some heat evident on the palette. It’s well integrated, with a smooth, if not slightly diluted finish which lingers for a medium length. It did well after thirty minutes of decanting, and then started to slowly recede. I sugest drinking any remaining bottles up.

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  • Fruity yet mature nose, some smoke, delicious

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 1999, IWC Issue #87, (See more on Vinous...)

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