A lot of Wines at Tommy's Clambake (again) (Tommy K's.): I would have thought this was DOA. A poor vintage in CdP and 22 years later. And I was wrong. The nose has an earthy funk with slightly dried cherries. Very smooth and no tannins. There is some fresh cherry fruit on the palate. No complexity, but drinking just fine. Nice enough balance. Medium bodied. Who knew?
I was disappointed in this bottle - I expected more but I guess the wine followed the vintage -- Not a good vintage and not a great wine. For sure this bottle was past it's prime but I did not get a sense that this wine had lost all that much in quality (n more than a couple of points). It had a dark medium purple color with a nice bricking. There was nice light fruit and very nice tannin on the taste. It was a bit out of balance-- a touch on the acid side; which I attribute to it's being a bit too old andits loss of fruitiness. Still a good aged CNdP but not a great one.
A soft cork made me concerned, but the wine poured full and showed beautiful dark ruby colors mixed with dusty hues. I was worried initially by the past-due suggested drinking date, but was pleasantly surprised to find a wine filled in the nose and palette with muddled berries, spiced apples and pleasant residual peaty flavors with very low tanin if any at all. A very nice bottle that has kept well over the years. I wish I had more.
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