July 20, 2020 - Asparagus gang at Maison Dakota. Drank in Grassl Cru.
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
Nose is not clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of red spice, red licorice, light VA, animal meat and brett, dark red cherries and cranberries. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol (14%), lively but integrated high tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of animal leather and meat, red licorice, sweet spices, grilled herbs, dark red cherries, cranberries. Lifted spritzy feeling on the medium+ finish.
Very good quality. Very drinkable, if you look beyond the obvious wine faults. I like the mouth-feel and red fruit and overall lifted feels. This can still age chugging on.
June 27, 2020 - Open, expressive on the nose. Dark sweet fruit, spices, cedar, leather, sweet tobacco. Pronounced acidity on the palate, resolved tannins, bright, good fruit. Good intensity and length. Slowly drink up. 91-93
June 6, 2020 - Showed beautifully served with slow cooked beef short ribs in a red wine reduction. Resolved tannins but still enough acidity to cut through the fat. Dried fruits on the pallet, medium finish. Wonderful.
May 31, 2020 - Cork pulled clean
Lovely nose of cherry and plum fruit, nail polish and ribeye steak. Palate shows similar promise but is short on the finish and fades pretty quickly
Normally score Musar higher but lack of length merits the lower mark
May 31, 2020 - Decanted for almost two hours. Fantastic smooth red berries, cherry and a bit of a cranberry crunch to it. So good and going strong!
May 26, 2020 - Probably slightly damaged by poor cellar conditions. A little closed.
May 25, 2020 - Interesting, but too green, lean and stiff for my taste. (full disclosure, CS isn't often my thing)
May 25, 2020 - Deep crimson colour. Opens up after one and a half hour of decanting. Very nice aroma and continues to evolve until about two and a half hour of decanting. An enjoyable red.
May 25, 2020 - Half bottle. Decanted. Good colour with some browning. Very closed at first but after 1-2 h the nose began to show cinnamon spice, Christmas cake, orange peel and sweet fruit.
The same flavours developed on the palate, together with soft, mainly red, berries, citrus flavours, and soft tannins all underpinned by quite pronounced, long citrus acidity at first.
Soft cherry notes emerged (rich maraschino as well as black cherry) over the next hour as the wine 'sweetened' and the acidity softened.
Next day, the wine was holding up well and the acidity had reduced further. The nose still took time to open after each small pouring but became more expressive than ever. The palate was not as big and rich as some vintages but offered sweet cherry fruit and spicy complexity. A slightly 'flat' but soft tannic ending (my wife got some tannic bitterness) seemed to reduce in the glass and softened with food. It would have been interesting to compare the development of this half bottle with a 750ml bottle (which might have deserved an extra point). A wine to immerse yourself in over time and think about.
May 22, 2020 - In the almost exactly 3 years since my last bottle this has really filled out. The dark fruit which I then described as "crunchy" has now taken on a much denser/richer/sweeter character and signs of age with hints of truffle, vegetable nuances etc becoming apparent. Excellent still but definitely approaching the end of its life at this level.
Now and up to 20yrs from vintage max