The nose is simply thrilling, with powerful aromas of freshly tilled earth, sweet cedar, truffles, herbs. I was enthralled. Less interesting in the mouth, where the wine was earthy and tart and drying out a tad, but an absolutely memorable experience nonetheless.
Potent, alluring, complex nose of white chocolate, vanilla bean, sweet blackcurrant, tobacco leaves, and clay. Couldn't get my nose out of the glass. But shows its 94 years on the palate, where there's little left but acid and vinegar awaits. So distinctive and impressive, yet frustratingly disjointed.
At Bern's. Remarkably youthful color, with no bricking. Som said the bottle might well have been re-corked in the 1970s. Fabulous nose, strong cedar note, mushrooms, moist earth, a little barnyard, but still some cherry and strawberry. Palate is smoooooth. Still some red fruit with the cedar. The oldest wine I have ever had, but with Bern's very cold cellar, still young with some years to go. A wonderful experience.
Purchased at Berns, this was the Baron Sarget bottling with a mid to high shoulder fill. It had a red/purple center with light red/orange rims. The high intensity nose of currants, blackberries, sandalwood, mocha, and mint. It had a 100 point nose.
Not surprisingly, this wine tasted a bit funky for the first hour. It continued to develop for about 3 hours and was only at the 93 level after 1.5 hours. At its best this wine was refined, streamlined and complex. It had light rounded tannin and firm acidity. Some might complain it didn't have enough fruit but the complexity was impressive. It started to fade after 4 hours.
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