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Beat more recent VCCs I've tried. This bursted on the entire olfactory path, cigar box, moss and bright florals. The powerful core of cedary black fruit walked a perfect line between extraordinary extraction and the soft and integrated sense of age. Lithe, layered, finish went forever. Phenomenal. — 18 days ago
A luscious promise in a bottle, rich, boldly aromatic and loaded for bear with cocoa powder and oaky tannins. It tasted like the early morning earth smelled on my last bike ride through Yountville flats. So primary, like just bottled. May be as good as the Pedregal of '08 but we won't know for 5+ years. — 13 days ago
So shy on pop-n-pour, this took almost 45 mins to come out. Pencil lead and roses, mushroomy earth on the nose. When it finally opened up, light almost creamy fruit with layers of secondary darker notes. Asian spice, cassis. Pretty, feminine and sexy as hell. Deserving of a @Bill Bender photo-shoot! This can go on for a while, may even get better. — 18 days ago
In a night of Merlot-based wines, all but one was Bordeaux, yet this was the crowd WOTN. This beast was alive, with tensing muscles and a viscous, beating heart. The nose had mint leaf that dazed and assaulted, on the palate the softest, most powerful tannins strung together dark chocolate, fig and a mineral essence in an elegant, silky string of pearls. So long, can go for years.
How crazy is it that on a night of several of the best wines I've enjoyed in a while - with a great group of brothers 'o the vine - I get home to see the inimitable @Martin G Rivard enjoy a night that made mine look like a plonk fest. And my first reaction: I love this guy and haven't even met him yet. Hilarious! Cheers, Martin. We all know it's not a competition but that doesn't mean you shouldn't swing for the fences every time and have fun doing it! — 18 days ago