B-day Bash - Carlisle, BDX, Nemo and more (Danny Brown - Queens): vanilla, lots of oak at the start (this is a baby). plums and dark fruit dominate. minerality is well present in the mid. good finish. modern powerful wine - even with 2 hours in the glass it didnt move much. hard to judge it fully now - but the structure is there and so is the acidity and the fruit. With time this may develop into a beauty.
The nose was beautiful, showing dark fruits, undergrowth and cherry with fall leaves, dried spices and floral tones. On the palate it was rich, with a dark shroud of fruit, yet kept in check by cheek puckering acidity. Ripe strawberry, menthol, blackberry, minerals and citrus peel were front and center, leading into a long and saturate finish full of spiced, ripe cherry and menthol.
From 75cl, perfect cork. Complex, multilayered scent, lots of dark spice, smoke, organic matter; full-bodied, rich, sweet entry, very much a New Style Rioja; dark red-black berry fruit on mid-palate with very lively acidity; liquorice and some bitterness on the finish. Still not worth the 35 EUR it cost on release, this might, however, well be worth picking up if you see it offered more cheaply. Good for at least 5-6 years, may improve further. 89-90P
From 75cl, natural cork with long fissures at the side; seepage stopped just short of cork end. This very dense, concentrated wine is trying hard to mimic a massive New World blockbuster, which is trying in turn (very hard) to imitate Chateau Latour. Dark ripe berry fruit, powerful tannins, new oak treatment. Oddly inexpressive, monolithic. Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet can cope with this kind of treatment well, but I'm not convinced that the grapes in this blend profited from the experience. Mature, will hold 3-5 years. This was far too expensive at 35 EUR on release (2004). 88P
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