Opened a magnum to enjoy the last three evenings, cork was one piece and only partially saturated, bought direct as I was on the list then. Nose of cigar box, black cherry fruit, hint of game and dusty earth, more of the same on the palate, almost elegant, mouth filling, good complexity, slightly passed its prime, showing its age but very tasty with turkey, chicken and steak respectively the last three nights, medium body, and long, fruity, finish and lovely aftertaste.
Old world nose of leather, lead pencil, light tobacco. Palette has beautifully integrated tannins, silky mid palette, extraordinarily long finish. Surprisingly, this 25yr old wine has 2-3 more lively years!
Completely stained cork fell apart trying to open. Worried but it turned out to be amazing. Dark color with only a trace of bricking -- looked 10 not 25 years old. The wine tasted young - dark fruits and cassis. Integrated tannins but really nice acidity. Silky with some body. Long finish. Never would have guessed it wasn't a 2000+ vintage. Didn't need much decanting and didn't change much over 2 hours.
You just never know with old wine. Almost a year ago, I wondered if this had any life left. Well, it's old, all right. Bricked to almost a red brown, and it tastes a little porty, but not at all sweet. Like it had a very controlled oxidation. Fruit is virtually all gone, now there's worcestershire sauce, loamy dirt, tomato (I guess that counts as fruit). It's all savory and it went great with a grilled steak and various accompaniments. Glad I shared it with a big group so everyone got the experience. Same day, BPW was offering this from a cellar that they purchased, and I'm just the littlest bit tempted, except it's about 50% above what I paid.
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