The Eleventh Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): From magnum, decanted for 10-15 minutes before service. Medium garnet colour. The nose showed pretty spice, herbs, earth, red currants, leather, cedar and tobacco. The palate quite vibrant with pretty notes of cherry, earth, mint, herbs, cilantro, black currants, pure red currants, and tobacco. The finish was long, powerful and unwavering showing finesse and power all at the same time. An amazing bottle of wine.
Once in Lifetime...: From magnum, decanted approximately 15 minutes prior to service for sediment, a medium garnet in the glass, with a moderate brick. The cork was fully saturated and broke on extraction. The cork was so old and stained that any details could not be discerned. Surprisingly, this was still kicking and extremely pleasant. On the nose, some red fruits, currants, leather, cedar, aged meats, dried tobacco, earth, coriander, dried tea leaves, and also some greenness in the form of dried cilantro, grass clippings, and a hint of mint leaves. On the palate, again still very much alive and showing great depth; red fruits, tea, dried herbs, tobacco, earth and a hint of mint, which frame the long, persistent finish. Acid is present, but not taking over; refreshing.
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(Lafite Rothschild) The next red got a ‘serious’ from Big Boy. Sir Robert added ‘graphite, archetypical house style.’ There was classic cedar, tobacco and graphite in its nose, along with some old book, cobwebs and sour cherry. The palate was long, sexy and elegant with great acidity. It was a gift from The Punisher, from his favorite cellar of the moment. This 1899 Lafite Rothschild delivered another great experience from that great cellar (94).
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