January 5, 2020 - Surprisingly assertive acidity (not just for Musar but for a 23 year old Musar) could have been a problem for the crunchy red fruits had I not, coincidentally, made lamb braised with meyer lemon slices and green olives to go with it. The lemon in the dish cancelled out the impression of acidity in the wine and made it a perfect wine-food pairing.
January 2, 2020 - Despite decanting for over 2h, the wine was extremely thin on the nose - a shadow of what it could have been. The palate was overwhelmingly acidic, reminiscent of citrus acid. Quite unpleasant. In my view, a flawed bottle.
December 25, 2019 - Crumbly cork, not flawed but not a good bottle. Sweet prune upfront (overly so), usual meat and iron, good structure.
December 14, 2019 - this remains a stunning wine. Heading into xmas and the spices and fruit complemented the season. Tried it next to Sauternes of similar age and other than the sweetness of the latter, very similar characteristics. At its peak but plenty of life left. Didnt get the thinness at all
December 9, 2019 - From Mag, cork dry and crumbling. Great deal of sediment. Decanted 4 hours into two decanters. Initially bit whiffy and thin on the palate. After waking up this was pretty much pristine. Definitely tertiary but still masses of dark fruit, spice and earth and a good streak of acidity. On the lighter side of Musar but still plenty of time in hand. My chum said “It’s dead, Mate” and proceeded to make sure he had more than his share. He knows his wine.
December 6, 2019 - Very evolved color of tawny ruby red. Cork cracked so bottle may be slightly flawed. Nose of prunes, spices, dusty earth, and raisin. Decanted and aerated for an hour and drank over two. Thin on the palate, signs of volatile acidity and time in the decanter didn’t help the wine build volume.
November 16, 2019 - My last bottle of Musar (2002) didn't have any discernible VA that seems to define so many people's tasting experiences. This 97 had it in spades. Light garnet in colour. Nose of bitter red cherry and VA. Bright acidic palette, rather thin, strawberry, cigar box and cassis. Strange, slightly sweet finish, as if one had drunk a fruit coulis. Not my favourite this one.
November 1, 2019 - Even at 20+ years, this wine needed to be decanted.
When it opened up it was lovely, and it got better during the course of the evening. It had good color (no signs of bricking at the edge yet), was balanced, pleasant on the palette and had a lovely finish.
October 28, 2019 - Garnet color. Nose of thistle, berry, currant, leather. Somewhat muted layers of black currant, red currant, beef blood, and tobacco on the palate. Moderate acidity and filed off tannin. Moderately long finish of red brambly fruit and sauvage. Perhaps needed a longer decant.,
October 1, 2019 - Initially, just decanted: Smoky meat, leather and iron on the nose. Similar on the palate, good acidity, well integrated tannins. Let's see after a few hours.
With a few hours to breathe: Tart, red and black berries more present, but no additional development. Long finish. Excellent balance and structure, enjoyable nevertheless. 89-91.