Hans Kruger Classic (Suite 100): I think I've had this 4 or so times prior and none being all that amazing. This one however is very impressive. The nose is the least favorite, limited to earthy minerality and spice. The palate is very powerful with gripping, dusty tannins right off the bat. Crisp, cleansing acidity follows, then a ripe burst of cherry and red currants. Hmm, interesting. Opens up to some nice spiciness and more ripe berry fruit. The earthiness on nose eventually integrates with the berries. While not as complete as a few others tried tonight, this one might turn into an extremely nice bottle. Hopefully I'll try again in a few years.
Barbecue with friends and a humble winemaker (Somewhere Downtown!): Had the '94 GE about a year ago and remembering: this is DRC?? Same with this bottling, but I guess you would get these results in a poor vintage. Overall, unexciting. Not too much going on. The nose is somewhat pleasant with some warm spices and underripe raspberries with some earthy qualities. The palate is uneventful and somewhat thin. Oh well, there were more DRC's after this one that were much more impressive.
Visit to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (Burgundy, France): Wine now 2 months in bottle. Quite dark, full appearance. Powerful aromas - layers of fruit and oak. Rich, spicey dark berry fruits over oak - already great harmony - and a very long finish. This wine is most impressive - will continue to improve and be attractive for at least a dozen years. Excellent! This wine typifies the quality we experienced in the 1994's - and they just got better and better as we moved up the scale.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.