Lovely and forward nose of red and black fruit, spice, stems (slightly green) and oak. This carried through to the palate which was very fresh with nice grip on the medium finish. I enjoyed this very much, but felt it should have offered more given the vintage.
Wines Tasted at HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago IL): Popped and poured, this came across as more mature than I expected based on when I've had this wine before, although I haven't tasted this in ~4 years. The maturing fruit aromas and flavors made the wine's spice and whole cluster character quite pronounced. Less exciting overall than I recall from the past, I am confident this will emerge in another 5+ years as something really exciting.
HDH Burgundy Auction (Chicago, IL): Pop and pour (yeah, yeah, I know). Very ripe red fruit on the nose. Perversely, this is missing most of the spice that I'd expect from a Vosne grand cru, though it does show a modest amount of oak spice. Very concentrated with surprisingly fresh (for 13 years) fruit on the palate, coupled with a slight bit of umami as well. Very, very sappy. Quite soft and fleshy, and really, this seemed to be a really shapeless bottle of wine to me -- it was really lacking in tannic structure and acidity. Maybe air would have helped it along, but I guess today's not the day to find out.
In the running for my favorite wine of 2015 thus far.
A core of dark ruby leading to a brilliant, exotic nose of dark plum and Asian Spice. Tasting was pure, clean mature pinot and a wonderful, soft mouthfeel.
If a date, it was a 35 year old Sophia Loren clone who spends dinner suggesting Middle East tensions could be eased if only people made love more often, then suggests you both adjourn dinner early to lead by example at her place
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(DRC Romanee St. Vivant) A magnum of 2002 DRC Romanee St. Vivant had great spice, power and character. Mint, menthol, leather and tar combined in outstanding fashion. I should note this was more impressive out of magnum, slightly but noticeably, than a bottle I had a month later in New York. Magnums can be better, but every bottle is different anyway (95+M).
(DRC Romanee St. Vivant) One of the musts for The Chairman is DRC, and a bottle of 2002 DRC Romanee St. Vivant ensued. There were aromas of forest, black fruits, cedar and moss, followed by wet earth, lit match, mushroom and a hint of dark chocolate. The wine made me feel like I was ‘gettin twiggy with it’ thanks to its stems, and wet cedar and bamboo lurked in the shadows. Flavors of red rose, iron, cedar, earth and minerals were reticent in this wound wine. It was tight yet showing well, with a fab finish and nice mountain qualities. Its wintry edge thawed into a gorgeous, long wine (95).
(Romanée-Conti Romanée Saint-Vivant) The last 4 wines served together have virtually identical colours. Another panoramic nose, this time with hints of coffee and caramel. Swirling releases a burst of red fruits, not the ultimate in precision, but very nice. I love RSV and this wine typifies why, it’s warmer and more effusive than the GE, has gorgeous fruit that comes at you from all directions. The tannins are mouth-wrapping but dry only for an instant – like the kiss from a dusky maiden - sorry ladies? Without the ultimate intensity, but this wine still delivers an excellent finish – bravo. What can the last 3 wines do to counter that!
(DRC Romanee St. Vivant) It had a garden-fresh nose with lovely fruit balanced by the green of the stems and fruit, not a bad green, but a green as in an adolescent green of fruit about to bud. There was iron, rose, blood and earth behind it, all buried in the wide-bodied red, violet and plum fruit. A touch of caramel sweetness poked its head out with a band-aid on top of it. The palate was fleshy and deep, with wide-angle fruit, firm yet elegant structure, and a long, slinky and earthy finish. There was excellent balance that was both powerful and feminine. The wine blossomed in the glass, getting redder and less green, and the wine overall was cleaner and fresher in its overall impression and was a bit more elegant on the palate than the Grands Echezeaux
(DRC Romanee St. Vivant) This nose just jumps out of the glass wanting to please. Mint, forest floor, leather, game, mineral and dark fruits lurking underneath. Elegant and detailed. Now we are entering the sap zone. Just amazing pure fruit on the palate. Like exploding and ripe tiny fruits. So much and ripe tannins too. Sappy. Super long and echoing finish. Profound.
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