It's been four years since that last one, and this seems to be moving along as expected. Stones, lemons, grilled pineapple, caramelized orchard fruits, warm cashews. The acids have toned down, making this more even textured than I recall; the structure seems more integrated, the wine more confident, but also less reluctant to reveal all of its charms. On the night, this was almost more pleasurable to look at and smell than it was to drink; just so-so. Perhaps in a phase or bottle variation.
Gorgeous and IMHO this will not get any better and should be consumed over the next year. Do not let it fall off a cliff like the 2001 vintage. The Fat Man (a precious term of endearment) had an entire six pack of 2001 that was oxidized. It made our eyes swell with tears each time we opened a bottle and tasted it this calendar year. Experience the 2005 while it is at peak drinking window. Tasting notes consistent with Kriz dated 8/27/2011.
A Tribute to 30yrs of 1982 Left Bank Bordeaux (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): A serious and intense wine, from nose to palate to finish. Worthy of the title of "special cuvee". Opened and let it rest for 30 minutes but maybe we should hav edecanted. It does take a bit of time to open up. Full and rich, dence an although young it is a joy to try it fresh. For sure we will wait a few years for the other bottle we have to let it mature. A truly unique and amzing wine. 94 for now but it has a long way to go and can easily go higher.
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