Still a bit closed but with an attractive combination of white flowers and seashells on the nose and a very mineral palate.
Outstanding structure is its strong suit: acidity balanced with concentration and followed by great length.
Still intellectual vs. hedonistic. Last sip was the best sip of all. A good sign. Try again in a year.
Author darvidSite / BlogTrust Rating
Tasted On 03/15/2011Drink Dates
Ripe orchard fruit nose, and a whiff of sulphur, with minerals penetrating the miasma. Ripeness laced with stone carries through to the finish. Slightly exotic but not tropical; faint botrytis effects; not top-heavy or overripe. But not showing as well as a bottle tried six weeks ago (see my 1/30/11 note), and much less my style than the 2004 tried next.
Opens with minerals and apples. Palate needs more then an hour to gain richness and for flavours to really show. This could be great but acidity might limit it's aging potential to around it's tenth birthday in my opinion.