Pinot Noir Night (Peter's House): This was my contribution to the tasting. Opened at 9am and then decanted for five hours. Young coloration of solid red core and brown fade at the rim. Old rose petals, rubber tire, leather, dried cherries, menthol, and grilled fruit. The group unanimously thought this was a ten year old Burgundy. Balanced with secondary notes and still very gritty tannins which resolved somewhat by the second hour.
This received 1 x 2nd place and 2 x 3rd place votes.
Color is still quite dark, almost opaque at the core, fading to translucent ruby on the rim.
A soil-inflected nose here, more prominent than the black & red fruit - really attractive nose with a lot going on.
Not a hard edge to be found on the palate; quite nice, and fully mature. I've got a strip steak with my name on it that's going to be hitting the grill in about 45 minutes, and I think this will be a great match.
Color was surprisingly youthful with only a minor brown tint on the rim. Has a poetic subtlety on the nose like an aged Bordeaux. Stewed mushrooms, cedar, gently layered red fruits and figs, plum pudding, slight fennel, eucalyptus, and other secondary elements. Still fresh on the palette but less complete here than on the nose. Once past the mid palette, the fruit recedes somewhat leaving it mostly to finish with the silky oak tannins and acidity. Fruit filled in a bit after two hours and was drinking better on the second day.
Overall really wonderful. If this bottle is any indication, this should easily see its 20th birthday and could continue to improve.
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