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Red
1989 Ch√Ęteau Bouscaut Pessac-L√©ognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/15/2013 - Nike-Raider Likes this wine:
87 points
The cork was like new and came out with a startling pop. I decanted for 2 hours before trying.

A complex nose of leather, tobacco, cedar and black currant. As the wine opened, floral notes became more prominent.

The wine is medium bodied with black currant and leather. A nice finish of black spice. Still nicely acidic, tannins are present but very soft.

I bought this wine in 1993 as a bachelor. Four kids, two dogs, and a few pounds later, this wine is still respectable.
  • Nike-Raider commented:

    4/6/17, 5:18 PM - It's been four years since I posted that review. Very curious to see what you find when you try it. I wish I had some left.

  • Nike-Raider commented:

    4/6/17, 6:02 PM - What a ride this wine has had! Very glad to see your comments, and I'm not surprised to see this old bottle fading. Thanks for sharing.

Red
2007 Tenimenti Ricci Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/7/2013 - Nike-Raider wrote:
87 points
I found this wine disappointing. The wine has a lot to offer in terms of complexity and previous reviews document the flavor profile pretty well, so I won't repeat them. However I found that tannins overshadow the wine and were harsh, considering that this is an 07. A few hours in the decanter helped, but it may be that even now (2013) this bottle is not ready. I will try again in 2015.
  • Nike-Raider commented:

    1/16/14, 7:09 AM - I do recall this bottle clearly. In the review, my reference to "a few hours in the decanter helped" was an indication that the tannins were getting softer, but there was no evolution to a higher level.

    My review did not include my notes from the following day which may be helpful. The wine was stored with a vacuum seal at room temp. The second evening, the bottle was showing better but I felt as if the wine was starting to fade. If I recall correctly there were big improvements in the savory character of the pallet. My opinion is that somewhere in the middle of these tastings is a "sweet spot" that I managed to miss completely.

    If you try, please let me know if you have better luck than I did. I plan to hold my remaining bottles until 2015. Hope this helps.

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