Had a special dinner with friend bringing the 3L bottle. Difficult to open - cork broke. Decanted for one hour - it still improved over the 2 hours we drank it with dinner. I think it is several years past its prime - very little fruit left. It was an excellent balance with strong earth, tobacco nose and taste. The history, wine and 3L made for a spectacular evening with friends. We then moved to a 1989 Mouton Rothschild which we did not like as well.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Well, actually Peking Duck. Not sure what to expect given tasting notes here, but this bottle was in fine shape. Cork came out easily, color was still quite dark, did not look like a nearly 30-year-old wine in the glass. Not quite profound, but very pleasant to drink, still some fruit, some advanced flavors, good acidity.
Well, it seems as though the extra age has helped this wine (because there is no such thing as bottle variation, right?). Green pepper and cassis on the nose that morphed into black pepper and then back. Ten minutes later intense vanilla. And back to green pepper. Whoa. I don’t think I’ve seen so many transformations in such a short period. I thought it was dying but it has clawed back to relevance. In a big way. We all reminisced about 1988, which underscored how special this is. Whoa. Outstanding. thedrunkencyclist.com
Relax and enjoy this beautifully aged Napa CAB. Smooth and silky. Slightly browned at the edge with a strong dark red core. Every drop tasted delightful. I suppose that you could wait a few more years, but hard to imagine that it will improve. Enjoy!
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