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Community Tasting Notes (8) Avg Score: 92.2 points

  • The Eleventh Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): From magnum, decanted for sediment and served approximately 20 minutes later. Pale garnet colour with a nose that needed to be coaxed a bit. Initially dominated by pure spice.....clove, baking spice, cherry, earth and a pyrazine type note that belied some of the stem inclusion that must have occurred here. The palate opened up showing pure red fruit, spice, mineral and earth over the course of the evening. The finish was medium to medium plus in length but my hunch is that this wine would have been best a few years ago as the secondary flavours are starting to overtake the pure fruit and spice notes. Overall though....a very pretty wine

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  • Once in Lifetime...: From magnum, decanted approximately 20 minutes prior to service, light garnet with medium brick at the rim. Cork was finicky and had to be pushed in to the bottle. At first, I found this to be extremely reticent, especially compared to the ’71 Romanee Conti served alongside it, that was just roaring out of the glass. Over the course of the evening, this really unraveled nicely, offering up notes of red fruits, earth, undergrowth, dried herbs, baking spice, and a touch of pepper. On the palate, very understated with a leaner mouthfeel, and like notes from nose echoing on the palate through to the moderate finish. This seems a bit tired, but overall, still a pleasure to taste.

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  • Bad bottle; smells and tastes chaptalized - awful, nasty nose.

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  • Wednesday Night Burgundies (Bar Boulud): Big smack of aromatic goodness right out of the gate -- meaty and rusty. It's a very full, broad-shouldered wine but it also has a very lacy, gentle texture. A few people observe that it's turned into more of a generic old Burgundy than anything you could trace to a particular terroir, but even if that's true it's still a very nice one, still in healthy condition, and with an earthy minerality you don't get just anywhere.

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  • The wine was superb. Loads of fruit like raspberries and black cherries, with lots of sweetness in the nose. Farmy with lots of smoked meats and bacon fat. A little bit plummy with some floral and rose notes. Despite using the Schott Diva Burgundy glasses instead of the Riedel Sommelier Burgundy Grand Cru, the full-blown experience of the beautiful nose was still amazing. The wine was just so elegant, with enough concentration and power yet not overwhelming.

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