In a blind mini vertical of 99,02,03,05. The 05 came in at the bottom of the group. Surprising given its vintage pedigree, not surprising if I read my own CT notes. This is just not showing much yet, and should be at the back of the cellar.
I'm willing to drink wine early, but this is way too early. Really should be hidden in the back of the cellar if you own some. Given the producer, vintage, and vineyard, this is likely to be outstanding, but it's too reticent at this point to get much of a handle on it.
A memorable dinner wtih Barolis and Burgundy (Fleet Street Kitchen - Baltimore, MD): It shed opulent primary fruits. Subtle nose of bright red fruits, raspberry, rose pedal, vosne spice and minerality. Palate displays perfect balance, beautiful core energy, bright acidity and noticeable but nicely integrated tannins. Although a bit tight, vibrant energy, perfect balance and precision. It will require at least ten more years of cellaring to reach the peak drinking window.
Bright, vibrant and spicy with nice floral lift and a touch of earth. Tight and fine in the mouth with a hint of raspberry fruit and lovely balance and poise. A complete wine that should be something really special in a couple of decades.
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(Romanée-Conti Romanée Saint-Vivant) A heavy, heady scent of roses, spice and meat - eventually the smoky stems make a cameo. The palate has the freshness of the Echézeaux, but also the tight concentration of the ‘GE’. The spine of acidity is very lovely, flowing right through the centre of the wine - but everything here is on a low, subtle level. It eventually takes on a slightly plumper impression in the mid-palate, but it mainly remains behind a veil.
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