An Evening at the "Schwarzer Adler" - Part II (Schwarzer Adler, Oberbergen (Baden, Germany)): Glass: Riedel Sommeliers Burgundy Not decanted, bottle had very few and very fine sediment. Clean, medium- garnet color, which I found surprisingly intense for a Pinot of this age. Clean, but almost closed nose at the beginning, which opened up with time. Not very intense but a beautiful pinot nose with aromas of finest oak, smoke, elegant red fresh fruits combined with finest spices and some blood (iron). If the wine felt at first a bit disappointing on the nose, it was a sensation on the palate! Dry with medium+/high acidity and medium+ tannins which are both perfectly integrated and gave this wine an exceptional powerful, but still elegant body and will conserve it at this level for many more years. I have never seen such an elegant, vibrant power in a Pinot yet! It was super intense with a fantastic long finish with lots of fine red fruits and berries, elegant oak in the background, mineral notes, and and and… Great! My first DRC experience was a bit disappointing (on a high level though), but this one was really exceptionally great. I want more of this stuff!!!
Chenins, Chambolles and Moreys at Ibiza (New Haven, CT): A thrilling wine to sit down with and follow over some time; it's not very expressive aromatically at first but aromas quietly build into a lovely perfume of exotic spicy, floral and savoury gamey and earthy elements. The palate presence is remarkable, conveying waves of red fruited, spicy and mature savoury/sous bois elements with intensity and remarkable persistence but at the same time an ethereal sense of lightness. This is drinking superbly right now with tannins fully resolved and an incredibly silken, finessed texture.
At RN74 dinner. Light color with some bricking on the edges. Masculine nose of Asian spices, bone marrow, game, and cinnamon. Great balance and long finish that rolls through waves of flavors for 45 seconds.
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