July 21, 2019 - From memory. Decanted for 3.5h in wine fridge then back into bottle. Drank 1.5 later. Red berries on the nose with earth, tobacco, herbs and mild VA and balsamic vinegar. Similar on the palate with added roasted game meats and leather with excellent acids that add a sense of liveliness. All the elements are well balanced. Medium bodied with mild tannins. As with other Musars, there is a wildness/feral element to this winewhich I think may be from the mild VA/balsamic notes that's so well integrated into the wine. Less powerful and fruited than 1999 I had last year but perhaps a bit more elegant. Complex and highly enjoyable nonetheless.
July 12, 2019 - Amazing.
May 26, 2019 - There was leather, red fruit and pepper on the nose. The medium weight palate showed good acidity and despite the tannins being resolved, the fruit was still fresh enough to make me think there is ageing potential.
May 8, 2019 - Decanted for 1 1/2 hrs and it could have used more. Good color, terrific nose, different but delicious. Had it with lamb chops.
April 11, 2019 - prachtig glas, nog zo levendig, aparte stijl, heel veel karakter
April 9, 2019 - Last of my 6 pack, and still in a good place. I decanted 4.5 hours ahead of drinking, then back in the bottle 3 hours ahead to take to the restaurant; not decanted again.
It's very different from the 1999, which is much fuller, but this gives an opportunity to appreciate the finer points of the classic Musar: spicy fruit, nice acidity, minimal, well-integrated tannins, without it all being too much in your face.
We drank it alongside a couple of 2009 Bordeaux and it held its own very well.
With so many vintages to choose from I'm agonising now over whether to get some more of these in to see how they develop futher into their third decade.
April 4, 2019 - Last tasted this vintage a few years ago. This wine is in a good place right now. Was good when first opened. Two hours later (not decanted) - great nose, full body and long finish.
March 29, 2019 - Aw hell yes. Been a while since I've had a Musar, and this hit the spot - really bright, lifted red and dark berried fruit, floral notes, a whiff of leather and lightly barnyardy funk on the nose, and more savoury earthiness all coming together in a package that's medium weight but feels very light thanks to the lively acidity here. Yes, there's (more than?) a touch of brett here, but everything seems to be in the right place here with the fruit still front and centre, and the other leathery and mature flavours just adding complexity here. Not a wine for everyone - I think I liked it more than a couple of others at the table, but this hit my sweet spot.
December 25, 2018 - - Ruby color - This is over the top but still balsamic.
October 28, 2018 - Cork showed a quarter inch light red band all the way up. The wine drank too sour and with barely any fruit expression. This one clearly saw too much air.