Tuesday Night Double Blind $40+ (Bin 75): Dark crimson with small light red rim; diaper, red fruit, hints at cinnamon, sandalwood, fennel; deep and rich palate, big for Burg, very cherry, tannic, ripe, sour cherry, larger scaled, dark cherry pit, chewy, dense; a little singular but good potential; this bottle may have been advanced slightly.
Popped and poured, this medium-carmine colored wine has an immediate fruity bouquet of cherries and cranberries. A deeper inhalation yields walnuts, pine needles and sous-bois (all this within minutes of opening, and at cellar temperature). Decanted a few hours, this tends toward the darker end of the spectrum, with more pronounced tobacco aromas, some mushroom, and a hint of mint. Despite the expansiveness of the nose, the palate remains tightly constricted behind a carapace of zingy acidity. This is promising in terms of future development but leaves the overall experience a bit lopsided in favor of the nose right now. It's a lovely nose, though, thus the high score- with a perhaps point or two for long-term potential.
Brickish complexion. Scents of Pommard gravel and dried prunes augment the otherwise straightforward cranberry fruit that characterizes the nose and palate here. Although not notably fine in texture, the tannin leaves a light footprint, so this is a relatively accessible, easy-to-drink '05 with a pale, mild personality though a noticeable tinge of VA intrudes somewhat on its purity.
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