30th Birthday Party: Perfect condition. A well-aged and beautifully expressive Pomerol. A ruby-brown color. Nose smells of dried currant, cherry pits, smoke and pickled beets. The tannins are still firm and grippy, and the acid holds it all together. The bright red cherry and cranberry fruit mixes with notes of roasted red pepper, meat drippings and some toasted nuts. Tasted blind, I guessed mid-1980s Napa Cab. The next day, the wine was even better. Much better than the other 1983 Bordeauxs I've tasted. Thanks, Scott!
Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): Age showing. Bricking red maroon, tan color. Soy and rustic cherries, dried leaves. Molasses and light roast nuts. An elegant wine that shows elements of rust. Lighter hay and manure come through with leather iodine and red stone fruit. Palate shows lighter raspberries, earth and all spice. Very nice.
Very different from the bottle had earlier in the month. Decanted just to get off of the sediment. This time the nose was much darker and had a dominant plummy note in the background, along with damp earth/leaves. The palate was better than the nose, but after about 20 minutes the wine began to fall apart. A decaying fruit note began to dominate and the overripe plumminess overtook the wine. My previous bottle was much better.
Very pretty aromatics. Dark berries, bits of cocoa and an attractive herbal/minty note. Same dark/almost black fruits on the palate. Medium bodied palate with no hard edges. Moderate finish. I wouldn't hold any longer, though it did have just a bit of tannin remaining on the finish. Very enjoyable.
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