Dinner at Tosca (Tosca Restaurant, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong): Decanted for 2 hours then re-bottled for another 4 hours before taking to the restaurant. Perfect cork as though it had been bottled yesterday. Completely opaque and dense purple-red colour that looks 10 years younger than its age. Nose filled the room on pouring..... very perfumed, almost Merlot-like.....complex, deep and mesmerising. Palate has that perfect immediate top-tier Napa attack of gorgeous fresh acidity and purity of fruit but the tannins are still young and not very well integrated on the mid-palate; then BANG! ....a wonderful rolling, ascending, reverberating resonance on the finish that blows you away and resonates for a minute or more and leaves you simultaneously with a belly-filling richness of fruit and spice. Quite acidic and tannic even 8 hours after the initial decant - this is a young wine that is only just entering its proper drinking window even though it seduced me when I last drank it in 2010. Everybody's WOTN.....next time I will open the 1986 and keep the rest of these for 5 more years.
Big, complex nose with mushroom and dark earth, plum, black fruit, meat, pencil lead, menthol and other notes I couldn't identify. Plum, back fruit, cocoa powder, pencil lead, bramble, and a little green pepper on the palate. Good acidity level, nicely resolved tannins.
A different experience than the ’92 or ’94. It comes across a bit rounder and plummier than early 90s Vintages, but it's not fat or over the top. It's refined and nuanced.
This bottle was in a perfect place. I can't see much room for improvement. Your mileage may vary.
Classic Dominus nose. Cassis, hard leather, black, blue and red fruits on nose and palate. Loads of complexity and depth, but the alcohol comes through too much and took this wonderful wine down a point for me.
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