2015 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2015-11/9/2015 (Villa D’este, Lake Como): It is amazing that how some wines can show so consistently. I just read my last note and I am quite surprised that my first descriptor was “exotic”. Expressive bright red fruit driven nose, essence of raspberry, exotic Asian spices, Vosne spice, mocha, truffle, a hint of stem that keeps the wine fresh and adds complexity, anise and fine floral dust. Perfect harmony, pure and decadent red fruit driven palate impression, perfect amount of acidity and seamless finish that resonates. Very young but drinking incredibly well. The 07 and 08 DRCs are really enjoyable already showing great mature Burgundy notes without losing the freshness and youthful fruits.
When choosing the order for tasting, this wine appeared to be the most backward of the group, according to the views of the published critics. In fact, I didn’t find it that way – seemed much more forward, although the wine still needs some considerable time to evolve.
Dark purple/ruby with a thin pink rim; floral aromas that also feature red berry fruits and kitchen spices – quite fresh and fruity; entry seemed very smooth; good texture; round ripe berry fruit on the nose – just an edge of spices and floral notes; harmonious – liked the acidity – tannins still showing a rough edge; nothing in that rough edge to be concerned about; opened up more fully in the glass with another half hour; attractive finish – excellent length – sporting cherry and raspberry fruit that carries on and features a sweet edge to this fruit. This should mature ahead of the 2009 and 2005.
2008 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti Tasting (Beltramo's, Menlo Park Ca.): The darkest, denser wine of the night....same exotic dusty nose which seemed deeper, more smoked. Unbelievable wine! But a sleeping giant. Richer fresh crushed dark berry fruit, sassafras, stems, smoked meat, compact minerals, power....all just waiting to burst out, but not just yet. You can really tell this will be something special in 10+ years. Amazing!
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