The end of an era that started more than 2 decades ago: this is the last of 12 bottles from my Dad's original case. Definitely gentler than the last one - the decline is more apparent. Very sweet on the nose with great spice, hugely perfumed, with tomato and some funk. A bit tart on the palate but wonderful mid-palate sweetness and spice, again tomato. Acid is showing - this is fairly bony. Finish is acid and spice, dusty-tomato-meaty. Definitely a gray lady now, but years ago she was the belle of the ball. Farewell. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 16.5/20.
Very pale brick color with much browning at the edges. Mostly tea aromas with a very slight hint of dried cherry and cranberry. Hoped that the palate would be better, but no such luck. No fruit on the palate; just acid and tea flavors. This bottle was very much over the hill.
From my Dad's cellar. A nose you could lose yourself in - classic burg but with all the bells and whistles: spices, earth, plummy fruit, exotic with brown sugar, iron, blood, root beer, and chunky tomato. Definitely not focused and linear - a whirlwind of Pinot. Rich plummy palate with cherry fruit, earth, asian spices. Very chewy with stems, brambles. Nice mouthfeel and good acid. Finish is not long, but good. The wine is probably about 3-5 years past its peak. Still on the plateau, but slowly heading down. I drank about 8-9 bottles from this case, and they all have been spectacular and delicious, if not focused, burgundy. This bottle was a little weaker than the others, but still great. Nose - 6/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 2/2 = 17/20.
opened this and the odor of brown vinegar knocked me over, but thanks g-d that it was just that coming from the 22 year old cork. the wine was divine! the most balanced alcoholic liquid jam ever poured. the fruits were sweet and most moist. and the pleasant delirium that followed was heaven.
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