Zachy's Wine Auction - Winter 2014 (Smith & Wollensky (48th & 3rd Ave)): Grange continues to be my king of wine. After tasting this one it was clear why every lot of it @ the Zachy's auction was going for much higher than even what I'd found as market rates. Blackberry, brambles, this just stunning pepperiness. I wrote in my notes 'how can you not worship this wine?' and I think that still holds. It is partially accountable for the purchase of the '82 we made later in the day.
Translucent crimson. Very dark, plummy core, with anise and cedar overtones. A little stewed/overripe berry character in the mouth. Texturally at peak--the tannins are no longer astringent, but bind the wine to the tongue for an extremely lengthy finish. This isn't my preferred fruit profile, but it's definitely a fine wine.
1993 Double Blind Horizontal (Chris'): Double blind. Ruby color. Wow, gorgeous big lifted aromas of red and black fruit, with eucalyptus, mint and vanilla notes. Palate shows young with youthful, round black fruit and integrated american oak notes of dill and mint. Fresh with a long finish. Surprised to see this is a 20 year old wine!
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(Penfolds Grange ) Very dense and opaque. A stinky, complex, vegetal and undergrowth nose. Aromas of beetroot and spices, with a layer of rich, sweet blackcurrant fruit. This is a huge, multifaceted wine. The palate has big tannins, firm acidity, and is very rich, with layers of fruit. Undoubtedly this is Grange.
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