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Community Tasting Notes (26) Avg Score: 90.0 points

  • Opened and decanted 2 bottles around 5pm and tasted through about 10pm. Purchased fairly rencently with knowledge of its less than perfect provenance, i.e. had not been stored with any temperature control for at least the first 15 years. Both wines were “sound” but one had significantly more ullage and was quite different than the other. The first was surprisingly fresh with a red fruited profile and nice acidity with a velvety soft texture. The other had distinctive but low level “brett” with the barnyard over tone and a more earthy/cedar and mushroom profile. Both were enjoyable with grilled steaks but the score listed relects the first bottle with the second probably meriting only a 89-90.

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  • Purely tertiary at this point, but still much to enjoy. Fully mature, medium body, good typicity. Drink now.

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  • Drank on January 24, 2020. After 50 years, still have strong aroma and excellent, balanced taste.

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  • Recent purchase from someone who buys other people’s cellars and was described as not temperature controlled for the first 15 years of its life and therefore was discounted. So...Buyer beware and I assumed a high probability of being cooked, oxidized or simply old and worn out. Decanted at 4pm and tasted over the next 5+hours including with dinner of Roast Beef Tenderloin with my Port Wine Sauce, Grilled Oyster Mushrooms, etc. This was actually quite good throughout the evening. It was light to medium, translucent brick red...certainly fully mature. The nose was very earthy with some burnt charcoal and sous bois. Still had a slight tannic grip and enough bright acid to keep it interesting. Bone dry on the palate and showing cherry and tobacco. Slightly acidic on the rather long finish. BUT what was amazing was the transformation this had during the last half hour or so after we had finished dessert and had some Port. We tasted a little of what was left and it exploded with coffee/espresso, dark, bitter chocolate and black cherry. Much more expressive and interesting than the whole time earlier. It quickly dissipated after another 20 minutes and totally fell apart. Score reflects the average of that magic moment (96) and the rest of the evening. Otherwise it was probably more of a 90-91 point wine.

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  • effusive nose with notes of red fruit compote, mint and coffee. Showed remarkably well today. And at age 48!

    My oldest wine to date and I’ve had FAR more tired bottles than this one

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