October 19, 2019 - Really good! Dried herb and dark red fruit.
October 19, 2019 - Guys Night Out with Wagyu Tenderloin and Crepe Cake: corked
October 18, 2019 - Corked. Had some funk upon opening, but seemed to blow off with air. But after 2 hours in the decanter, I could tell right away that something wasn't right. Nowhere near the worst I've experienced, and in fact most of us at the dinner drank a little of the wine, but it wasn't showing as it should have. A real shame, as you could tell it would have been a beautiful wine but for the cork taint. Note for future bottles: a little shut down at first, needs some time in the decanter to open up.
October 18, 2019 - Wonderfully mature claret with forest floor, dark fruit, some farmyard. Excellent mouthfeel, mature tannins. Classic Medoc.
September 12, 2019 - Opened very slowly. Dark fruit and cocoa. Medium body.....must be off judging by the other notes....
September 1, 2019 - Still a striking purple in color with only a hint of bricking at the edge. What a sexy wine. Smoky black cherries and rich plums that absolutely saturate the palate. Perfect balance with just the right amount of acidity to keep it fresh. A terrific wine.
August 17, 2019 - This wine continues to impress - one of my favorites of the vintage and a great value. Now that others from ‘96 are starting to drink well, this classic claret refuses to take a back seat. The color still contains some garnet. The nose imclides loads of ripe cassis and cedar. Bright, full, complex - combines the vintage’s acid backbone with terrific fruit. An enticing recipe. (95)
August 4, 2019 - Bricking at the edge, blood red core.
Nose is not overly expressive - notes of tobacco, dried fruit, red cherry, spice, and wet rock. Primal.
On the palate, full bodied, with moderate tannin and medium high acidity. There’s a nice core of fruit but this is still quite taught. With only about an hour of air, I think this will improve. It’s got years ahead of good drinking. Revisit in another 2-3 years.
July 29, 2019 - Good to go.
July 27, 2019 - Really quite elegant. Damn ...the nose on this was quintessential Bordeaux of 20 + years. Dark black fruit, cedar, graphite, and a bit of barnyard funk. Still very fresh acidity. Tannins ...like melted butter! Bottle @ Wally’s Santa Monica.