September 18, 2019 - Bordeaux night (Indianapolis, IN): Very pretty - very fresh, bright dark fruited flavours augmented with more savoury earthiness. Not especially complex, but very easy to drink with the tannin more gentle than I expected and the acidity giving it a nice sense of freshness.
March 16, 2019 - Smooth as silk, savoury and cheese notes - to me, just perfect. Did not feel past its prime at all. A real treat.
February 5, 2019 - Drank a half bottle. Very ripe and juicy, full bodied and tannin fuly dissolved. Tea like flavor, coffee, chocolate. Very smooth and long finish.
November 21, 2018 - This bottle perhaps slightly oxidised and drank next to a 2002 Leoville Barton which completely surpassed it in every way. Brownish bricking and thinning with leather bouquet. Lacking fruit definition more redcurrant cherry and unripe red plum. A bit short and very dry. Just no life left in it sorry to say.
September 29, 2018 - Drank a Magnum size. Dark brown in color, ripe and still very juicy red and dark fruits intermixed together on the nose and palate. A bit gamey initially but very sweet with more air time, with hints of woods, tea, but still lots of berries behind. Very good wine and drinking very well. Drink now though it can be kept for more years but I don't think it will have further development.
September 2, 2018 - Very solid. Excellent to drink this now, and looks to be holding on for some time to come as well.
December 15, 2017 - Mid-brick, amber edges; smoky, tobacco, cedar nose; terroir; mid-body; softening; decent tannins; a little short. Easy drinking. 16
December 3, 2017 - 2017 Holiday Season Wine Tasting Party; 12/2/2017-12/3/2017 (Our house): This is in such a great spot - very complex, round and smooth, some really nice cherry as a foundation to a number of secondary and tertiary notes. Floral, lavender, smoke, spices.
September 30, 2017 - 5th of 12. Classic. Red brown. Mature fruit, leather, cedar, Very well balanced. Not overly complex but a fine wine. 4/5
July 22, 2017 - This bottle was decanted for about 30 minutes and served with steaks. I bought the wine on release in the late 90's and the bottle has been cellared properly ever since. Garnet in color. 12.5% ABV. Textbook nose of red fruits, cedar, leather and cigar box. Drying fruits on the palate with medium acidity and a healthy dose of tannins. Cherries, currants, creme de cassis and earthy mushrooms on the palate. The finish is long and smooth with pronounced tannins. I think it is clear the tannins are going to outlive the fruit here and I would be inclined to drink over the next few years.