Poured from a bottle with a fill that was well into the neck. It looked like US importer strips had been removed at some stage, so had obviously made 2 transatlantic voyages that it seemed to have survived well. Cork came out clean and in tact. Faded Brick red in the glass, tawny rim. Pure dried red fruit on nose with lovely faint of old wood. Still vibrant on palate, no volatility or dustiness. Quite grippy tannins but plenty of rich dried red fruit to go with them. A fading beauty! Tasted at Portland restaurant.
1970s Bordeaux Horizontal (Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco): Cloudy, tawny; fully aged nose with cherry fruit, slight red licorice, slight leather; palate is still full bodied, tannins are gone, good acidity, fading flavor; med finish. Still enjoyable, but showing its age. With air, this developed a candied nose. 89-90
I love my family!! Daughter found decanter and liked the wine in it so much awarded herself a second glass before I noticed!! (Mostly) 2 hr decant. From a base-of-neck singleton bottle loitering in my cellar from a long forgotten source. Wonderful notes of smoke, mild truffle and focussed ripe plum; charred oak - all incredibly concentrated. As it developed on the palate the fruit subtly emerged to the fore, with remarkable race and no leanness and with all the non-fruit aromas converting to a magnificent backdrop in the mouth. Great length and perfect acidity. A pot luck vintage it seems, depending on bottle condition and I was lucky (Caz particularly so). Superb now, ten years ago must have been 95++. Drink up - and with luck rejoice! ps: It was virtually all drunk up before our Sunday roast hit the table so was forced to open a bottle of '98 de L'Orée Ermitage blanc (noted) to accompany our "Parrot" chicken. Life is tough.
Nyetimber Vertical + some Unexpected Gems (Park Palace, Grand Park Hotel): Really delicious. This came from an impeccably stored bottle; the label had mostly peeled off, but the fill was superb. You could tell it on the wine too – served blind, it was so fresh and young that most of us thought it was a far younger. It had a lovely nose, sweeter than that on the 1979 Haut Brion that preceded it, with cassis and blackberries, some floral notes, then pencil shavings and cedar, and a little puff of tobacco – classic Pauillac notes, but with a high-toned prettiness to it that is so very Lafite. The palate was drinking very nicely indeed, with soft, silky, almost Burgundian tannins and juicy acidity that lent a lovely ringing clarity to its fruit - this time with high-toned red cherries taking their place amongst the cassis notes and a little undelayer of earth and tobacco leaf. Not the most complex wine given its age, and it did not have the greatest depth either, but boy this was delicious - mouth-wateringly fresh, very bright, very mouthfilling – a real pleasure to drink. It had a surprisingly long finish too, ending with a yummy crunch of cherry and cassis amidst some smoked tea leaves, spice and mineral notes. Very nice indeed - I was very taken by this wine. I guessed Pauillac when blind, but could not quite place it as a Lafite. On reflection though, it bears all the hallmarks of the house - elegance, energy and sheer seductiveness. If only these wines were not as crazy expensive as they are these days.
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(Lafite-Rothschild) had a little green and horse stink to its nose; it was definitely a dirty Lafite, one that might not be invited to the dinner table if guests were coming. The wine was smooth with good character and nice dust, earth and cedar flavors. The dirty qualities of the nose translated into game on its palate