Dinner with Gary (Mon Ami Gabi- Chicago IL): Bottle had signs of fairly recent leakage and mid/low shoulder fill. Still this had very good aromas of tobacco, mature black currant, old leather. Good, balanced flavors of lingering fruit and spice and reduced ceps. At first I thought this simple and enjoyable, suggesting it will fade in 30 minutes. Wrong! This held steady or improved over 2 hours open.
Some debate over whether this was corked - thought it had a little of the mustiness of an older red, but that blew off with some air to show gentle red fruited flavours framed by cedar, graphite and savoury earthy notes. Rather frail in the mouth with the flavours a little tired, but still quite pleasant to drink.
This is a much darker red color than the Lafite. At first the nose gives up nothing, but with coaxing there's a subtle blend of coffee and tobacco. Much better on the palate with a rough and rustic personality and pleasant flavors of mainly dark fruit. The finish is extremely long and very impressive. I couldn't decisively associate this in any way with other bottles of Montrose I've had, but enjoyed it nonetheless.
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