February 18, 2019 - Terrific! Wine opened up quickly. Didn’t even need to be decanted. Tannins are very well integrated and I would have to say this is ready to drink. Don’t think it gets any better but was absolutely lovely and enjoyable with the pizza and pasta dinner.
January 14, 2019 - WOTN
seamless and delicious
tannins have integrated so secondary notes predominate
so much blueberries but an earthy elegance too
January 1, 2019 - In my cellar since release. Decanted at 5:30 and tasted until finished around 11pm. This wine was either the WOTN or tied for such in most of our guests opinions and my favorite. Also probably the best bottle of this I have had so far. Deep and dark garnet yet giving a bright undertone in the glass. Wonderfully expressive nose of smoked chocolate, cherry and berry fruit, violets, lavender and pipe tobacco. Very rich and layered on the palate with some remaining tannic structure and good acidity. This had great balance of brightness and rich depth of flavors. Long luxurious finish. Quite lovely and given my notes so far on this wine it seems to still be improving in the cellar so give it time if your cellar conditions are good.
December 8, 2018 - Nice, drinking well, although short decant at restaurant probably wasn't sufficient & for last bottle should drink at home with a longer decant.
October 27, 2018 - From a vertical tasting, '95, '97, '99, '01, '07.
Prominent and familiar acidity across all vintages.
There were concerns that this bottle was showing TCA taint but I did not detect it. Similar aromas and flavors of other vintages but this stood out as having the most fine and pleasant tannic structure.
August 19, 2018 - Sans contredit la vedette de cette mémorable soirée ...
July 20, 2018 - Subtle but well structured and sophisticated with a long finish.
May 19, 2018 - Wow, drinking beautifully
April 21, 2018 - Decanted at 5:30pm and tasted from 6:30 through 10pm. Medium to dark garnet color with no real sign of age, and with a nose of tar, smoke, vanilla, cherry and plum. Medium bodied but nicely layered with bright acidity and moderate but mostly integrated tannin. Flavors include cherry, wet stones, tar, chocolate and plum. Finish is short to medium in length. Even better with the grilled steaks and scalloped potatoes we had with dinner.
March 14, 2018 - Still vibrant with plenty of life left. Deep tannins and wonderful finish. Decanted for 2 hours and it opened up beautifully.