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Rafael Palacios - As Sortes
Mature and still enjoyable but definitely on the other side of its peak. Deep golden color. Mostly apricot fruit with notes peach, pineapple and orange blossom. Slight nuttiness also. Decent length to the finish.
Fox Creek - Shiraz/Cabernet Franc JSM
Nice, mature Shiraz blend. Ripe black cherry fruit, black raspberry liqueur and licorice flavors. Perfectly integrated tannins. Long, palate-coating finish. Still fresh and well-balanced.
Ridge - Lytton Springs (Zinfandel)
Still good, ripe dark berry fruit. Much more nuanced for a zin. Long finish. On the downslope but still very enjoyable. These Ridges can age impressively for a zin.
Guzman Aldazabal - Exaltacion
Delicious. Mature and elegant. Ripe, bright raspberry, strawberry and cherry fruit. Complemented by flavors of mesquite, leather and mint. Sweet, finely-grained tannins with slight grip. Very smooth on the palate. Delicious, lingering finish.
Charles Ninot - Savigny-les-Beaune Cuvee des Dieux 1er Cru
I was skeptical this would ever fully develop but, Wow!, is this ever at its peak. Core of ripe red berry fruit with strawberry and raspberry predominant. Also dried cherry. Complemented by subtle notes of leather, smoke and bacon fat. Silky tannins perfectly integrated. This is complex and well-balanced. Long, lingering, elegant finish. A wonderfully mature and end-to-end enjoyable Burgundy.