After 1 hour, the wine reaches its maximum potential and develops notes of red fruits, earthy spices, very long in mouth. I would say this vintage was at its apogee 5-10 years ago... But still very much enjoyable!!
Wine was decanted and poured after 30 min. Initially seemed earthy, a bit rustic, with slight herbal edge. However, after some glass swirling wine improved greatly, becoming more integrated and showing some pretty dried red fruit character and nice spice box elements. The wine was reasonably elagant and had a very impressive finish. Held up well over course of two hour meal. Overall very nice, yet not epic.
The Eleventh Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): From magnum, decanted for sediment and served 20-30 minutes later. Medium garnet colour. The nose shows cedar, earth, cassis, blackcurrants and leather and is very together with everything resolved and finely knit together. The palate shows similar flavours of cedar, earth, minerals, cassis, blackcurrants, earth and wet leaf. This is very compact and suave on the palate. The finish shows great length and nice complexity but my hunch is that this wine is a few years past its peak. It still drinks wonderfully but I think that even 2-3 years earlier you might have had a better balance between the fruit and tertiary notes. Having said all that....still a very delicious wine, utterly enjoyable.
Once in Lifetime...: From magnum, decanted approximately 30 minutes prior to service, a medium garnet in the glass, with a slight brick. While the cork was partially saturated, there was no issue removing it cleanly. A little less expressive on the nose than the ’83 Palmer served alongside it, however, there was a real elegance to this wine, giving up scents of red fruits, currants, dried herbs, smoke, cedar, dried tobacco leaves, earth, and undergrowth. On the palate, this is much leaner than its counterpart, but still in beautiful balance, with some fine acidity, and mostly resolved tannin. Finish is moderate, and lined with red fruits, tobacco, smoke, earth and dried herbs. This won’t blow you away, but it is beautifully aged classic Bordeaux.
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(Lafite-Rothschild) rounded out the first flight and had a great nose full of menthol and chocolate, very Mouton-ish circa the forties and fifties, I thought. This has long been reputed to be the 'wine of the vintage' by many, and I could easily see why. Its rich, complex nose was supported by a smooth, chocolaty palate that was a step behind its aromatics
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