Ifune in NYC (Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse, NYC): Surprisingly youthful and monolithic, with very little development. This must have been a superbly well-stored bottle. With air, this gained more layers, with hints of herbs and spice. As the night wore on, this gained plushness and opulence. Wow, this could really be something down the road.
i think the description of simple... this was classic aged Cali cab made in a traditional style... opened up really well over two hours, def'ly improved with air, an elegant wine with equal amounts of straight forward red fruit and mellow spice and cedar... a beautiful, easy-on-the-palate, remind me of Audrey Hepburn kind of wine
Wine Group New Year's Eve Dinner hosted by Aniko. 5 wines from 1985, thirty years ago. Lovely nose of black cherry fruit, mint, eucalyptus, more of the same on the palate, opened nicely but slightly subdued, medium/big body, touch of tar on the long finish. My second place.
This was the surprise of the evening. This wine was very much together and at full maturity. All the great secondary traits were there, dried cherry, leather, a bit of olive, martha's vineyardesque mint/eucalyptus. Tannins were silky smooth and hardly noticeable. The fruit was there and up front. Total balance. I'm not sure of the future but where it's at right now it was wow. Against some big time competition that evening and it held it's own. No decant - lasted for about 1 1/2 hours.
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(Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard) Bricking opaque purple red violet color; mint, eucalyptus, tart blackberry, green herb nose; maturing, mint, olive, weedy, tart plum, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish (13.4% alcohol)
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