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14 year Priorat...
2004 was a stellar year but supposedly this is past peak. It probably is... as it feels "heavy". But, I should start with the good.
The nose has evolved from very smelly feet on open, through damp basement, to smoky socks. On the palate, some currant leaning raisin suggesting it is the indeed overdue.
It was a little laborious to drink. Big alc still and some tannins still there (good). Overall, I will not push my luck this long again on Priorat. Worth the 48 bucks though!
PS wife disagrees and puts it at 8/10 which is high on her scale. — 11 days ago
WINE #300. MY LAST REVIEW ON DELECTABLE!
1997! A standout vintage for Brunello. Ciacci being one of my all time favorites. Quite opaque in the glass with a brown-brick rim. I'm at the 2 hour mark and it's still opening.
Lots of spice on the nose. White pepper, muddled aged cherries, fresh tobacco, and something in the Christmas tree family.
It's surprising how alive this wine tastes! Definitely cherry on the palate, acidity is now quite low, but tannins are still very firm. This baby isn't going anywhere!!! I have a couple of other '97s and now have no fear holding them a bit longer.
95+ points — 6 days ago
Petite syrah. Big boy wine. 15.2. Full-Bodied, deep purple, young oaky frontend. Dried rosemary, savory-like nose. Candyish cherry taste that persists quite a while. Nice rounded tannins. Medium minus acidity. It's good, approachable, and a ton of people will love it... Orin Swift knows his stuff. For me, still young and hot-- a combination that can cause trouble.
91+ points — 24 days ago
This is a Bordeaux Cali wine with 14 years in it. It's unfined, with amberish rim. On the nose it presents as a 2014 in my opinion--still some greenery. There is definitely a voilet or other floral component that is lovely. It's super smooth with almost no tannins remaining. Drinkem if you gotem....
93 points — 10 days ago
This took a while...
Lets see if I can come up with something on the last gulp. Nothing but spices on the nose, but honestly not that fragrant. Some green peppercorns.
Veggies, green pepper, on the palate. Oak. Medium+ but smooth tannins. Really not a lot for me to comment on, a better nose would pick up more. Despite the lack of detail, I love the wine. Wish I could pronounce why.
93 points — 21 days ago
I wasn't going to comment on this because it's my 6th bottle, but it's different for me this time. Last bottle was 3 months ago.
Blueberry is now front and center with a beets bend to it. Still some red fruit in there, but it's stewing down, or something like that. Philippe Melka is becoming one of my favorite winemakers.
93 points — a month ago