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Zind-Humbrecht - Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl
Strikingly perfumed with honey, apricot, rose, orange peel, brown butter and showing some petrol after 1.5 hours. Beautiful, bright golden straw color. Drinking like nectar of the gods. Rich with lychee, apricot, ripe peach, but also underlying minerality and slate. Almost perfect balance. A little sweetness, but with good acid. Long, long finish with petrol creeping in at the end. Was worried that maybe we'd kept this a bit too long, but it seems at its peak. One more bottle left and we're thinking about holding it for two or more years. One of the most memorable whites we've ever had.
Chapoutier - Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne
After a 2 hour decant, consumed over 6 hours. Medium bodied, garnet edge to edge and very closed at first then opening up to mushrooms, spice, hints of cedar and linseed, tobacco, smoke, raspberries and limestone. Fruit is still there, but may be falling out. Requires some coaxing. Soft tannins. Raspberries, currants, tart cherry, minerality, some olive. Fully mature and past its prime.
Giacomo Conterno - Barolo (Cascina Francia)
After a 2 hour decant, and consumed over 6 hours. Still showing great, deep color after 27 years. Garnet at the edge. Nose is memorably complex mix of tar, mushrooms, forest floor, very earthy evolving to dark chocolate, ripe cherries, leather, hints of lavender and licorice. Well balanced, silky tannins. Lots of dark chocolate, raisins, bing cherry, becoming more supple, floral, candied with hints of roasted bone marrow.
Nicholas Cole - Camille
Very dark. Hint of garnet at the edge. Terrific nose with smoke, tobacco, bittersweet chocolate, boysenberries, mushrooms and compost. Very good fruit. Lots of over ripe cherry. Smooth and silky. A bit of tannin on the finish. With such a great nose I expected a lot more, but it failed to deliver finishing a bit short. Unmemorable. A very good wine, but not excellent. I have 5 more bottles and I'm skeptical about it getting better. (My wife commented: 'It's like the woman you think is beautiful, but isn't.â?� :-)