1970 DRC Horizontal...and Friends (Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL): So sad. It's not unusual to see old Sauternes appear dark, and this could have been mistaken for an old red wine if just seen in a glass. Interesting for what it was, but mostly just simple sweet wine flavors of brown sugar and vanilla. Perhaps victim of poor storage, but around 84 points if rated fairly tonight.
750ml bottle. Bottle was most likely mistreated somewhere along the way. Very dark color, like almost burnt caramel. Some typical Yquem aromatics and brown sugar notes, but overwhelmed by a raisiny quality. Palate was acceptable and had some sweet Sauternes character to it, but not what it should have been. A bit thin as well.
Strong caramel on the nose with lots of mature complexity. I was surprised/disappointed by the distinct shortage of sweetness in it but my friends enjoyed it tremendously for it's intensity and long finish
Magnum's from1955 to celebrate my 55th birthday (Charlie Trotter's, Chicago IL): Two different bottles and one was lighter in color and very smooth, the other was darker, caramel flavor, great sweetness. The first bottle was more oxidized and had more sweetness, and spice notes withle the lighter bottle had a better acid structure, more apricot and butterscotch and much less sweetness. It was intriguing the 1/2 of the people preferred one and the other half the other.
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(Château d'Yquem) Medium brown ruby color with ruby lights and pale meniscus; baked apricot, cherry compote, botrytis, macerated sour cherry nose; rich, delicious, cherry, raspberry jam, raspberry honey, tart raspberry syrup palate with good acidity; very long finish