Still Beautiful, but slightly more muted. Drank over 6 hours. On opening, its floral aromas were slightly more muted than past bottles, but it has added a some orange peel. Its finish was a little short too. 2-3 hours later, it added a whiff of oak that disappeared later. As the night went along, the rose and violet aromas emerged more strongly. A little mushroom too that I did not get in past bottles. Starting to detect secondary flavors such as nutmeg.
Overall, this seems to have reached a very nice plateau. Don't know if it improves from here. My uneducated guess is that it lacks the stuffing to go past 2020-2022, but will drink a bottle annually and report back until then.
Oregon vs. Burgundy Single Blind (Tilia, Mpls): Medium red color with mild bricking. PNP, drank 1 glass blind over 90 minutes. This was singing for me again. Great nose, wonderful floral perfume, leather, red fruits, elegant. The palate is fresh, lively, great acid, just gorgeous, earthy, medium body, dried spices, long and integrated. this was my WOTN and part two of the best flight. No doubt in my mind this was the White rose.
Slow ox and notes after extended glass air. Nose: Some of the rhubarb and other aromas in the last bottle are present, but this bottle is not the rock star the past bottles have been. Palate: Still good acid levels with red fruits but fairly singular. Not sure if this wine is getting past prime or if it's just bottle variance. This one is 91 points which is a good score but given I average about 94 points on this wine this is a bit off.
Medium red color with mild bricking on the margin. PNP, drank several glasses over 3 hours. Another incredible bottle. This easily got better over the first 90 minutes. Starting off with some funk, damp earth and lots of mushroom character on the nose and palate, this developed the characteristic perfume of dried flowers, dried spices, leather, sandalwood, and red berry fruits. The palate while seemingless almost weightless takes on weight and depth over the first hour and truly resonates. Tart red fruits, raspberry, dried strawberry, forest floor, mushroom, leather, and complex spices all conspire to confound and exhilarate the mind and palate. Delicious and delightfully complex.
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