Monthly Tasting Group -- Two Single-Vineyard Double-Blind Flights (Chez John Morris): Served double-blind. The nose is ripe and powerful with licorice, black cherry, and herbs -- a very Barolo-ish character. But in the mouth this is clearly Burgundy, no Nebbiolo I've yet tasted has this sort of textural sophistication with tannins that are both rich and velvety and airy at the same time. This has that wonderful savory/umami character that comes from age and that is quite different from the meaty/brett character I get in a lot of Syrah. Lovely.
A truly sensational and perfectly aged 1999 Volnay. We have had many Volnays, but this wine takes Volnay to a different level. Great concentration; the best Volnay I have personally ever had. Notes of blackberry, black currant and anise. Decant two hours before drinking. Very elegant - simply stunningly good.
La couleur est d'un rubis dense, avec des nuances pourpres. En bouche, plein de fruits rouges et noirs, assez concentré - atypique pour Volnay. Bien que n'étant pas un vin de grande, il est moyennement corsé, intense, et modérément structuré.
This is curious stuff. This is one of the nicest cru Barbarescos I have had in a long time. Concentrated to the point of not really being recognizable as Burgundy. Blackberry liqueur, tar, dark chocolate and coffee saturate this wine and there are some fairly large scale tannins in there as well. It is wickedly enjoyable in a completely hedonistic sort of way. It went great with the kobe bavette. Perhaps in 10 or 15 years this can pull itself together and be a representative wine of Volnay but maybe not. If you’re willing to roll with this it has lip-smacking sort of qualities that make for a tasty wine.
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