A Vosne-Romanée Night: Very restrained smell, this one is also sweet-and-sour, similar deadish fruit. A middle of the road wine. Several around the table had this before in 98, and it lived up to their low expectations.
We ordered the wine in a restaurant, so it had little time to breeze. Felt as a result disjointed first, with resign and fresh cut wood aromas in the nose that weren't pleasant. With time and swirling this transformed into tea leaves, hoisin, yellow roses aromas. And structure and length also showed increasingly better. Seems this needs a lot of time, but wonderful, complex wine.
Let breathe for a few hours before drinking. Powerful red and black fruit flavors coming together in an intense primary richness but followed by nice secondary complexity with asian spices and a medium finish. it was not infanticide, but this wine has a long way to go to maturity and i will wait a few years before having again
La Tache Dinner at Everest (Everest Chicago): Drank over 4 hours. The nose was pungent immediately upon opening with dark fruit, spice, some red fruit, a stemmy note and every now and then a hint of vanilla. Quite robust in the mouth. Power red and black fruit flavors against a backdrop of tannin that did not soften at all. This went very well with the heavier dishes and I certainly enjoyed it more with the food. Long, powerful finish that was not as elegant as other vintages but still damn tasty.
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(DRC La Tache) It was on to the reds, beginning with the 1998 DRC La Tache. The ’98 had a taut, vitaminy and leathery nose that showed the best qualities of the vintage. Gil admitted that 1998 was ‘a vintage that grows on you,’ and perhaps went a bit overboard with the question, ‘The 1993s of the future?’ The first red after a bunch of whites always makes a good impression lol. It had a pungent core with lots of cinnamon spice, and concentrated, fresh fruits in the nose, which continued to sing and change and develop. The palate was also leathery and cinnamony with more noticeable oak. Gil called it ‘ratatouille in a glass,’ and the tomato and garden were there. We both found this crazy yet distinct tequila with lime aroma in the nose after some time in the glass. It was a ‘wow’ impression once identified, as it was so strong! The palate stayed oaky and dry overall, but give this complicated La Tache some time to integrate, and you may have yourself a sleeper