Dinner in Zurich with CVA and Andrew - Moevenpick 20/20: In Zurich with CVA and Andrew, drank this next to a 1970 LaTour, 1990 Dominus, 1997 Pahlmeyer. Our friend Andrew was very generous to bring and share this wine. He has excellent sources, impeccable provenance on this bottle. Did have a crumbled cork, not sure it mattered
Decanted for about 30 minutes, drank over two hours, A medium purple/velvet color, cloudy and somewhat opaque - some sediment. Some orange at the rim.
Nose really opened after the decant. Black and red fruits, dusted cherry and strawberry, leather, coffee. Rich and fruit forward, in the Grange style, this is a very full bodied wine with layers of flavors. Blueberry, cherry, earth, white pepper and oak. Long finish - especially for the age on this wine.
Oldest Grange I have had so no real comparison. Very nice, seems like its starting to dry out a bit. Would suggest 97 Pahlmeyer was the wine of the evening...
40th Birthday Old Vino Dinner (Era Bistro, Brisbane): We were fortunate this wine had come from the Anders Josephson collection, so it was in amazingly good condition. Looking at this wine in the glass, you'd never pick the age - the colour was still terrific, and not looking at all old. Beautiful, pure fruit on the nose, with just a touch of sweetness. The nose really draws you in to this wine. On the palate it was perfectly balanced, complex, lovely fruit and beautiful length. No-one wanted their glass to finish. You can see why Max Schubert thought this was such a super Grange. One of the best wines I've ever tasted, and still in brilliant shape.
I've had better bottles of this in the past. But that was also a few years ago, so it's hard to say if this was the bottle or wine for sure, as I do not get to taste old Grange a lot. This bottle seemed like it was starting to dry out. The fruit was more acidic than I recalled and there was some dryness in the cranberry, cherry finish.
Farewell Runny....at least for now! (Chez Patrick Restaurant, 2/F, Garden East, 222 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong): Left to settle vertically several days beforehand then decanted roughly 5 hours before serving. Slightly dusky, semi-opaque deep ruby gemstone red colour with no bricking whatsoever. Nose is OFMG....I just wet my pants....sorry, teacher but I couldn't help myself......it's taken me to somewhere very Freudan and basic....incredible precision of fresh, light, linear, newly-sharpened pencil, high toned......still so fresh and with no hint of tertiary notes.....it has a resonance and reverberance inside the head even when you have done no more than sniffed the nose....that is my definition of profundity. Palate is all the same but with deeper, liquorice and opium paste intensity that is just totally mesmerising, mesmerising.....did I mention mesmerising? It has a lighter Opium reverie on the finish than some previous bottles I have drank but it is compensates by a blow-away chiffonesque and totally profound endless resonance in the central cortex of the brain. It has a lightness and finesse that is just so silence-creating....oh, oh, oh.....it's the definition of "profound". I still find it hard to believe that our very diverse and normally deliberately contentious group of 10 wine buddies all just totally rolled over and surrendered and said " 100 points, no debate" on this wine tonight. There was not a single dissent....which is even weirder when some of the group have insisted on never scoring any wine above 95 points or so on principle.
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(Penfolds Grange) A wild wine followed that was pungent, gamy, oaky and overripe. There was too much wood in its nose which left a stinky overall impression. The wine was fleshy and rich in the mouth, but again there was too much wood, sickly so. The wine was better after some steak, but I still couldn’t tolerate its flavor. I liked this 1971 Penfolds Grange the least of the group by a considerable amount. The bottle was reconditioned in 1998, and having had this wine on numerous occasions, I can safely recommend sticking with original bottles
(Penfolds Grange) The following wine was even greater, but a noticeable left turn to the Delphine. It showed incredibly Rhone-ish-ly this night despite the fact that it was a 1971 Penfolds Grange and got very chocolaty in the glass
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