October 11, 2020 - Smooth as silk, mild in character, would be great with lighter foods, even fish. Cab palette of flavor, but subdued. An interesting oldie.
November 10, 2019 - This bottle was probably more PNP than a decant. After I opened it has a wonderful nose with some leather, tobacco, and Asian Spice. Decanted for sediment and let sit for about 45 minutes. Sour cherry really started to show and grow. Sadly towards the end it got really sour. Make sure you don’t let it get too much air. Will certainly try again to see if the next has a similar experience.
October 27, 2018 - Winebar [4 Whites, 8 Reds, & 12 *shared*, VERY impressive bottles] from 10/26/18 (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): Torben, you're TOO generous for sharing this! :)
38 ha of vines (≈ 55% C.S., 38% Merlot, 3% C.F., & 2% Petit Verdot), ave ≈ 37 yrs of age, grown in gravel, clay, sand, limestone, & marl soils.
N: Init barnyd with (naturally) oxygenated notes of oranges (?), blows to berries with pyrazines, with notes of leather
P: LM body; LOVELY frt met by a BIT of astringent pucker which beautifully evolves into a LONG, balanced finish with a bitter/swtness to the few remaining tannins. Likely fully mature, though > 1 experienced taster felt it could poss hold for another 10 yrs? 12.5% ABV; My EXC+/Exceptional-. 90 pts WS, 88 WA, & 87 Jean-Marc Quarin.
November 22, 2017 - Another bottle, about the same as the May tasting: it never got to May's 91 because we drank it without food, just pretzels. It's thin and fading away, but it's pleasant and a nice mild old Bordeaux.
October 22, 2017 - Opened to a nice perfume. Cumin, soy. But a bit off kilter, sour, on the finish.
May 7, 2017 - Took two hours in decanter and a grilled steak to show any flavor, and still was thin. What was there was clean and pleasant, fun to drink, but would have been more compatible with fish. Drink up with mild food. The 91 score was at its best, it faded after three hours.
October 18, 2016 - So good. Better this time the last. It was about an 1 hr decant
September 27, 2016 - In prime drinking window with plenty of life left. Decanted and drank over two hours and it kept getting better.
April 15, 2016 - From a pristinely-cellared bottle, this wine was double-decanted, allowing approximately three hours in decanter prior to funneling back into the cleaned bottle. It was then presented to our tasting group in double-blind fashion, where it was serially sampled over the ensuing two hours. With a deep garnet robe and brick rim, it flaunts a bouquet of ripe currants, saddle leather, mocha, tobacco and Asian spices. Full-bodied and with low-to-medium acidity, it serves up flavors mirroring the nose. The residual tannins are soft and there is no heat from the wine's 12.5% alcohol. Dense on the mid-palate and silky in texture, it closes with impressive length. Those holding well-cellared bottles of this round, mature wine will be very pleased. Drink now-2019.
January 6, 2016 - Deep garnet to crimson brown in colour. Meaty notes of tobacco, cigar box and leather on the nose. Soft and smooth with faint hints of fruit way in the background but plenty of savoury, earthy notes on the front palate. Quite mature with fine, silky tannins finishing long and flavoursome. Went well with Roast beef. Lovely old left bank Bordeaux which has definitely peaked and needs to be drunk in the next few years. A pleasure to drink!