Double-decanted the previous evening and then decanted the next day for 7 hours before serving (5 hours would probably have been better). Perfect fill for an unrestored bottle. Crumbling but still intact cork and a familiarly worrisome silage smell on opening. Purple-tinged transparent meniscus but basically totally opaque black-red in colour. On serving, the nose is immediately and totally mesmerising - insanely resonant and reverberant inside your head as angels dance inside your sinuses. Totally silence creating and impossibly good - all four of us withdrew and cradled our glasses jealously like Gollum protecting our 'precious'. So hard to pin down the specific aromatics (er, star anise, black liquorice, plum/blackcurrant liqueur.....?) because of their multiplicity and especially their wholly integrated harmony. All very supple and subtle. Not often do you have a wine glass in your hand and completely forget for 15 minutes that you are meant to bring it to your lips. Palate is wow!, OMFG, so youthful, fresh, gripping and totally harmonious with thunderous but impossibly elegant and velvety reverberance with just a touch of tannic hauteur on the finale. Just endless length. At 30 minutes in the glass this is a 100-point wine and some. Unfortunately, the top-up triggered some volatility; the nose lost its perfect velvety harmony and became leaner and more skeletal but still wonderfully structured and the palate threatened capitulation and silage before returning to progressive waves of harmony that brought it back near to its early perfect velvety elegant harmony. What a roller-coaster - it almost made it more thrilling! Perfect company to share my penultimate bottle. As I have noted before, if you love wine you should drink a glass of this before you die.
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.
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