This could easily be the WOTN on any other evening, but there were so many great wines on the table to contend for the title. To be frank, I'm sure everyone had a different favourite during the night. The 96' Saumagen for me was a serious runner-up.
I couldn't even tell it was a KR in the blind. The bouquet was so atypically floral and lacking in that KR "dirt" that I was totally thrown off. It was so fresh, even more so than the 04' medley that preceded, that it would have been impossible for me to have called it a 96'. Great texture and structure. Serious concentration of fruits and herbs. Mandarin, kiwi, preserved lemon, chrysanthemum, smoke, cream, fresh cut herbs. Finished painfully saline, supported by laser sharp acidity. Fantastic stuff. Still a baby after 23 years in bottle. — 17 days ago
Tremendous. Leathery, smokey, herbal, musky, cocoa, plum, earthy. Layers of deep, dark flavors delivered on a lithe, well-balanced frame. Tannins were largely resolved and this was gentle and flowing. Fresh and energized and kept getting better the longer it was open. The nose was beguiling: cocoa, earth, smoke. A beautiful, delicious wine. — 13 days ago
Sweet. Needs another 20yr. — 6 days ago
Белый пино нуар. Вкус рассола. Очень круто — 6 days ago
tasted like Oregon pinot...interesting to try but not much more — 6 days ago
More acidity on first taste than I was expecting but that is probably down to the beautifully fresh cherry notes. The taste then evolves on the palate, bringing out the American oak barrels in the form of a long aftertaste, smoky leather mixed with a zing of citrus. — 5 days ago