Rieslingfan's note pretty much nails this. A very good, if unusual showing. It doesn't that sheer lightness of touch and gentle fruit I usually expect from Truchot, nor does it have that green herbal edge of the '04 vintage - the fruit's surprisingly rich and intense here, lifted by sharp acids beneath but with no real green aspects. Unusual, but very enjoyable.
My last bottle of 2004 Blanchards, and a curious, yet tasty showing. Lots of sweet, red fruit, as if it was a newly released wine. That fruit overlaid a forest floor and earthy element that showed full development. The wine remained bifurcated, new versus old, through the entire bottle, but was always light on its feet and very aromatic. A delicious but strange experience.
Another bottle from David's cellar, but this didn't show the slight herbal/greenness I noted a few years ago. It's a wow from the moment the cork's pulled with those classic Truchot aromatics of incredibly pure red fruit, earth, florality and just a touch of maturing savoury leathery notes, and an amazingly polished, gentle palate presence with the flavours resonating long after each sip. Stunning wine.
Dinner at Marc's (Marc's House - Bellingham, WA): Yum yum yum. Elegant red fruit, great beef broth notes that I've noted before with lots of earthy and floral notes. As is the case with most Truchots the palate was airy and soft with intense flavor. Lovely stuff.
The green-ness from '04 was not apparent upon initially opening this wine, but became more noticeable over time. More structured and younger than I would have thought. Great aromas, but disappointing mid-palate. Pronounced acidity. I think it will improve with time.
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