MK's 20th Anniversary Dinner (Capitalle Grille, Mpls, MN): Very dark red/purple color. slow ox for 4 hours and double decanted for an hour; drank 2+ glasses over 2 hours. Another wonderful showing from this beauty. The nose stars here, with a great perfume of florals along with a bevy of ripe fruits - cassis, red berries, and then blueberry scents that are complimented by the mineral and mature oak. The palate is full bodied, nicely structured with textured tannins, zippy, mineral, a mix of black, blue and red fruits, pencil, earth and a long finish. This was a more youthful bottle and a bit of the reverse of the last bottle in which the palate surpassed what was still an excellent nose. 93+pts.
Very nice mature bordeaux with a lovely bouquet. The nose had graphite, red berries, cinnamon and leather. The palate had softened tannins in a medium bodied style. Not too much weight and complexity. But this is a ready and classic mature bordeaux in a good vintage. The smothness and readiness of this wine were enjoyable. Good value. This is a wine which is at its peak. I would drink this now and the next 2-3 years. 90+
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(Prieure-Lichine) A great showing for this wine and I have not really loved this stuff in the past. Violets, minerals, chocolate, exotic spices . . . maybe clove? Deep nose . . not high-toned but subtly penetrating. Peppery palate with a swath of dense dark berried fruit. Long and grippy but the fruit is there till the end. Fantastic.
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