A decadent 30th birthday for Justin Wells (Sammamish, WA): Wow, a knockout wine with a haunting nose. Peat, smoky cherry, rose petal. Justin mentioned "cinnamon red hots" and yup there they were. We all just swirled and swirled and swirled for the hour that this lasted. The mid palate was surprising, almost more reminiscent to me of Hermitage than Burgundy, especially on the approach. Beefy, surprisingly heavy and dense, yet with an extraordinary spicy, stemmy character towards the finish that brought you back to Burgundy. This lasted for about an hour and then started to turn the corner, but while it lasted it was a special wine with surprising heft.
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(DRC Echezeaux) A quartet of 1971 DRCs was next, beginning with a delicious 1971 DRC Echezeaux. It had a great nose of classic DRC rose, leather, menthol, garden and iron. It got a little woody without crossing the line, and the palate was of similar character
(DRC Echezeaux) which had a very fresh nose, garden fresh with some stewed red fruits, and also gamy with dashes of sweet brown sugar sprinkled on top of oatmeal. Someone found 'mushrooms on a grill,' and its nose was indeed earthy and foresty. The palate had less fruit than the nose and more citric tang but was still long with good acidity. Overall on the palate, though, the wine was a bit square and dried in its fruit, more earthy than anything else
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