Amber. Apple cider, marmalade (h/t to Brad K.), teak, caramel, coffee, cigar tobacco; a whole s.load going on! Later, with air, massively tropical: grilled pineapple, Hawaiian Tropic-intenisty coconut oil (think brown skin, bikinis on girls and boys, and a saline breeze off the sea). Absolutely incredibly fresh and defined, though definitely old. WOW! Palate is again wow! pretty sweet for its age, more coconut and grilled pineapple. Completely intact and then some: focused, resolved, complete. Splendid balance with still-fine acidity, not at all jagged. Delicious! Nice and long; raspberry and cream. Good stuff. (Thanks, Josh!)(This bottle was certainly recorked, at least, at some point in the 15+-yr past. Whatever was done was done right: (a) the cork was in good shape and plainly <75 y.o. -- at least as plump and tumescent as a cork of another 40-something or so [please insert a solid laugh here] -- and (b) the wine was old, vigorous, and marvelous.
Interesting wines on choucroute night at Sarah's. (Sarah's.): A dark amber color, but with good clarity and brightness, it shows a complex and ever changing nose and palate that refused to be pinned down. First there was grilled apricot, apples and marmalade. Then, some VA and caramel aromas stopped by for a visit. Later on, the party took a decidedly tropical theme with charred pineapples and an overwhelming toasted coconut and grilled nuts character a la suntan lotion. Complex and showing age, but not a lot of oxidation, there's still plenty of sweetness to the wine with good acid levels. Finished with a nice burnt sugar note after it had gone through a caramel phase. An absolutely beguiling and delicious wine and my WOTN. A.
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