1970 DRC Horizontal...and Friends (Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL): Lots of spice and red fruit on the nose. Palate still showed fruit with surprising power and structure. Of tonight's 1970s, this had the most interesting spice combination, as it kept evolving in glass from something sweet and exotic into something powerful and savory. Most people preferred the 1970 LaTache tonight...they are close, but they are also wrong. I don't often get to taste old LT and RC side-by-side (counting tonight, I've done that once), but I understand the Burgundian wisdom that RC starts to show better after 30+ years.
I drank this with my wife on our 12th anniversary... it was our first Romanee Conti! When the Sommelier showed me the bottle, I knew I was in for a Royal treat. The color was quite red and had a keen and healthy look to it. When poured the wine was beautiful light red in color, almost transparent. There were instant incredible aromas of stepped on green lichens and moss, strawberries and forest. There was a Barolo component to this wine but more elegant than any Barolo. Like sweet fertilizer with pink sweet callodial clay grains. With the first taste I grinned from ear to ear. The Nobility at once made itself known to me; now I know what all of the fuss is about-this is my first Romanee Conti. An incredible piercing sweet/tart voluminous expansive etherial expression of wine- obviously hard to put into words. There was more green sweet moss, sweet strawberries, depth and complexity. This is the most noble wine I have ever tasted. The wine actually seemed to put on some color as the night wore on. An awe inspiring wine!
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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti) Pale, very bricked color; Chinese cabbage in the garbage disposal nose; Chinese cabbage, sulfur, musty, dirty water palate; long finish ("smells like the devil's urine after an all-asparagus dinner") (cork fell in some days or weeks before, when Mischa discovered it, he covered the air-tight capsule with wax, it was clearly gone already though)
(DRC Romanee Conti) The nose was a touch stewed, earthy with a bit of menthol and mint. The wine still had its edge to it, its swagger if you will, and there were tangy bing cherry aromas. The wine was very meaty with a rich and long palate, with great alcohol and acid still. There was a lot of power and a long finish along with great earth flavors. Rudy called it .great, but a little square and acidic.. There were tobasco flavors, and this wine leveled out. Drink now, at least out of magnum . bottles might tell a different story, and not a better one most likely
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