The Verticals Tasting at La Paulée 2016 (The Fairmont, San Francisco): Light ruby. Both herbs and confected red fruit on the nose. Medium weight but dense, backward, sweaty, and tannic. One of the most powerful wines tasted today. As opposed to the rigid 2005 Grivot Clos Vougeot, I sense that this has more than enough fruit and flesh to go the distance, but I think it will need a minimum of 15 more years of aging. Fantastic potential.
Ruby red. Beautiful nose of red cherry, sous bois, and subtle black pepper. Dense red fruits in the mouth, with raspberry, strawberry, and cherry flavors. Great acidity frames a long finish with lingering notes of bitter red fruit. The nose is expressive and gorgeous now, but the mouth remains tight, with substantial tannin and quite a bit of baby weight. Drink starting 2018.
Tasted on multiple occasions. Big, primary and tight red fruit and mineral undertones. A very long and complex finish with evident tannins. This softened some with air, but not much. Enjoyable now, but it is best to wait.
Sour cherry and sweaty socks on the nose, with dried leaves and herbs. There's also a slight pepperiness at the end. The palate was much the same as the nose, but the flavors were much better integrated. Still too young, but drinking well right now.
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