Very pale salmon colour with some browning. Nose gorgeous with strawberries, cherry, game and spice. Palate medium weight but very complex and interesting with the intensity without weight descriptor important in understanding this wine. Fine with soft and long finish. Clearly a light touch with the extraction here in 1995. I would drink up on this bottle though.
Burgundy Night at Martin and Joyce's (The Serenade): This was first class. Lovely nose. Animale, meaty, barnyard bass notes intermingled with higher-toned flowers and dark fruit notes, with complex nuances of pomelo, broiled white asparagus and smoke - all in a rather umami mix. Lovely. Superb integration from the nose, to the attack and into the finish as well. The bouquet just flowed onto the palate, which showed lovely red fruit with some ripeness, more roasted asparagus. mineral notes and, moving into the long, fresh, open finish, meat and dried cherries. There was just a lovely sense of balance and texture throughout, with fresh acidity wed to fine tannins, giving the wine a lovely backbone. So well was this integrated that it provided a great sense of structure without ever being obvious. Any oak regime was not apparent at all either. Instead, we got a clean, complete and open wine with a lovely sense of purity - delicious.
taste: elegant and robust with melded tones of truffles, smoke tones, black spices, earth, dark cherries, and bits of forrest floor. Great silky feel with good depth of flavors and good medium+ acidity
overall: Clearly old world. Very classy and elegant, with a good firm robustness at the same time
Purchased about 8 months before serving. A pretty 1995, ruby red showing maturity, did not decant nor strain -- the last glass was a touch cloudy. Aromatically clean with earth, beautiful barnyard, roses and tart cherry. The palate started more loamy and deep at first, but gave way to a dominant showing of bright, picquant cherry/cranberry, and tangy finish of substantial length. Faded a bit after three hours, after starting in a very good spot. The high levels of persistent acidity gave it a bit of an unbalanced endgame, keeping this excellent wine just short of outstanding.
Color was much much lighter than last bottle. Showed a translucent burnt red core with a clear edge. Initially a lot of barnyard dominated the nose but that blew off. The nose was less powerful than previous bottle but still appealing and exotic- smoke, Cigar ash, cola, some tar with coaxing, cherries, fresh dirt, and forest floor and a hint of pine resin. The palate is more acidic than the last bottle and drinking much more mature. Perhaps this is an off bottle. The finish though is very long. This was a decent experience but it just wasn’t as elegant and quixotic as the last bottle.
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