[IWFS-Vic DRC Montrachet, Various RSV & d'Yquem Dinner at Vue de Monde] Translucent medium garnet-russet. Mature black cherry bouquet with hints of wild strawberry, damson plum, licorice, spice & smoke, & latter, fig, raisin & date. Medium bodied, moderately deep & intense though not very concentrated, ample, loose-knit but still quite fresh, lively & holding well, despite clear signs of its entering the ever declining phase of its life. Moderately long, smooth but flagging finish.
When I removed the foil, I found that the cork was completely saturated and slightly loose. It broke when removed, leaving a part in the bottle. I suspect the damage was recent, as what we tasted was more akin to a extremely old tawny port instead of a vintage port. The note below is a description of the wine as tasted - sadly not what was hoped but still very interesting.
The wine is clear (after decanting from the considerable sediment) and pale tawny red in colour. The nose is clean with pronounced aromas of dried cherry, dried figs, caramel, toffee, almonds and walnuts. It is fully developed. The palate is sweet with high acidity, medium (+) body, high alcohol, medium soft tannins, pronounced flavours of dried cherry, dried figs, caramel, toffee, almonds, walnuts. The finish is long.
Given the flawed nature of the bottle, impossible to give a property quality rating but it was surprisingly good.
Spiced fruit and berry nose with elements of light dry earth and a cinnamon apple sweetness. Palate is consistent, with notes of bitter orange in the background, but not overly robust. Decanted for two hours.
Zachy's Wine Auction - Winter 2014 (Smith & Wollensky (48th & 3rd Ave)): Opened and decanted and left on the table for a number of hours so that it had some time to pull itself together. One person at the table paired it with lobster and that seemed to work well, but I just enjoyed as a nice end to a day of wine. Always amazed at how these can still taste young even 40+ years later. Nice caramel flavor and some fruit to it. Wonderful wine to finish up with.
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(Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage) Bricked medium ruby color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus; VA, dried cherry, spicy cherry, dried berry nose; tasty, rich, tart blackberry, dried berry, plum jam, tea palate; long finish
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