December 1, 2021 - Tasted over 2 hrs
-med dark red mild bricking
-full rich earthy cassis boysenberry sweet sousbois
-med acidity, med weight fading ripe dark fruit on a focused mineral skeleton, fine med- tannins, good length
-exquisite balance, another '05 really starting to hit its stride
September 11, 2021 - Ruby red in color. Airy nose of bright tart red berries, forest floor, dried florals and hint of five spice. Light to medium bodied palate shows spicy and sweet light red cherries, cranberries, good acidity, no tannins and a mix of dried florals and forest-floor on the finish.
August 23, 2021 - Disappointing. Could be over the hill.
January 31, 2021 - Wow, first bottle of this since release 13 years ago. I think I waited too long for the second bottle to help me better understand where this is headed. This was showing a little reductive on first pop, but after an hour it all blew off. This smells like a fireplace a little bit, with some soil tones, tarragon and the seed of a berry plant (pomegranate? cranberry? something bright). I like the nose quite a bit and it feels expressive. Palate is very tight; grippy and gritty. There's some bitter tannins on the finish and it too is very wound up. Some blackberry flavors and herbs linger after a few moments... also blooming acidity on the finish. It seems very tight. The palate and finish seem very closed down right now. Normally when a young wine is expressive on the aromas but tight and non-expressive on the finish that means that it will age well and needs time. Does this one still need time? I can't tell... this has either faded or it's still hiding... which is it?? After more sips I really do think it's still too tight and needs more time. So, perhaps I'll wait a whole 5 years before the next bottle. Gilman, who usually has very long, generous windows on his wines (and I agree with him) has this closing out at 2025... that may not be long enough.
November 18, 2018 - With family at the 900 Wall Restaurant in Bend Oregon. Opened by staff upon arrival to serve with main courses. Brick red in color, pleasant but initially reticent nose. Strawberry-cherry in the mouth with some complexity in the background. Fairly well balanced and did improve over the two hours. Perhaps not a great Burgundy, but was a nice accompaniment for each of our various entrees (duck, salmon and chicken).
October 28, 2018 - 8th of a case purchased upon release. Popped and poured. Drank over 3 hours. Not a whole lot to get excited about. Serviceable without any real flaws or outstanding characteristics. Have 3 more and will wait several more years for the next. A short decant would not hurt anything but really does not add much either.
January 13, 2018 - corked and down the drain
October 22, 2017 - Hits way above its pay grade. Drinking well- but seems too young still. Surprising richness due to bottle sweetness; good complexity but feels like 5 years would do this well still
March 12, 2017 - This bottle was more vibrant than last bottle and seemingly has not reached apogee. Will wait until 15 year mark to try the next.
March 8, 2017 - Purchased on release, perfect fill, at least 5 years since I last tried this. Pop n Pour// I'm with Sonkin - Meh. Just not enough there there in this wine. Cerebral somewhat reticent but correct nose, reticent somewhat austere Beaune flavors, not much body, length ok but not a lot more. The flavor set a bit more in the tart red fruit cranberry direction than I like, palate follow through fine but, well, not enough there. At 2 hours a touch more lift than at 30-60 minutes. In no way unbalanced like the 05 Laurent Volnay Santenots just tried (and commented on). Have another 5 or 6 bottles but very hard to mount any enthusiasm for this wine.