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  • Interesting wines on choucroute night at Sarah's. (Sarah's.): My last bottle and it continues to show beautifully. As in the last couple of bottles I've had, the toning down of the sweetness continues, but there's definitely a little left. Yellow fruit and mineral dominated with excellent balance and persistence throughout the palate. Just a really graceful wine with substance that's a joy to drink. Solid A-.

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  • Labor Day weekend chez Brad. (My place.): For the past few years I've been opening up the '01 Brand over the '01 Sommerberg because the Brand has always been much more approachable and full of upfront fruit. Not this bottle. This is as closed a bottle of this wine that I've ever had. Really tight-fisted at the moment with plenty of extract and seemingly tannic with its powerful structure. The wine seems drier than all the other bottles I've had, though shows just a hint of sweetness. This bottle is also showing much more of a grapefruit and pure yellow fruit character. Other bottles I've had have also shown that, as well as a nice stone fruit streak. With air the wine did loosen up a bit, but this is wonderfully powerful stuff. I guess I'll hold my remaining bottles a little longer. Solid A-.

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