WWS Price/Preference Smackdown (blind tasting) (White Plains, NY): Drank blind at WWS tasting alongside a 1998 version, as well as a Clos Du Val meritage that many of the tasters preferred (though I cannot fathom how or why). This wine is still an opaque purplish color. Nose was a bit medicinal and off-putting at first, but that burned off quickly revealing black fruit and cedar aromas. Lots of dark fruit here, along with coffee and mocha. The wine definitely has that merlot softness, but still has quite grippy tannins so it may be difficult for some to get past that. Interesting to drink alongside the wonderfully-drinking 1998 as that wine--hopefully--represents this version's future. I would lay this wine down for another few years before revisiting, though quite tasty currently if you can get past the tannins. Definitely decant!
19th Annual Lyon 10 Year Retrospective (Chez Lyon in Eugene, OR): Double decant 17 hours ahead of time and this was the first of the "serious" wines in this tasting: nice deep plum, stone, mocha, and some cedar in balance with the fruit. Tannins moderate now, so they are tamer than my last bottle 3 years ago when I said "WAIT". 92 on day two.
Filling in w/the Friday Brown Bag Group (R&D's): Dark inky crimson color. Opens with a subtle note of pencil lead, followed by black fruit, green tobacco and spice. Full-bodied with fine tannins and flavors of black fruit and tobacco. Lengthy finish.
Opaque dark purple center to a brick red rim. Cassis and blackberry fill the nose with lots of grilled meat, herbs, and spice to back it up. The palate showed rich blueberry, raspberry and cherry compote that lingered for a long finish. The tannins were very fine and finished with an enjoyable sweetness. Really impressed with this wine.
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