10+ Year Old Frenchies (Bistro Dre, Chicago, IL): Served double blind. Nose is shy and not giving much. Palate is light in body but still delivers good, complex flavor with iron, red and black fruit and lots of black pepper. Lifted and long finish. Lacks intensity and power, but still shows complexity and character.
The Blind Drunks monthly tasting (Chateau Lay): Aromas of black currants and spice, followed by a nice smoky note as it allowed to breathe in the glass. Flavors of dark fruit and nutmeg on the attack. Falls off relatively quickly, leaving a short, clipped finish.
Served double blind to the group, this was our bottle but I did not pick it out. Garnet color with some bricking. Initial leather and red fruit aromas give way to wood and wet hay notes. Nicely integrated on the palate, with a bit of red fruit though it turns weedy and thin. Disappointing.
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