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Properly stored since purchase. Has some of the traditionally described Haut Brion characteristics of tar and tobacco aromas. Color is medium ruby red with little sign of age from the color. Medium bodied in texture followed by complex flavors - fruit, tobacco, slight oak and earth. This complexity and smoothness reflect the elegance of Haut Brion - not too forward but never backward. Wine was decanted but seemed to decline after 2 hours. I suspect that this will keep but not improve or change dramatically. Enjoy now or keep 10+ more years.
Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio - Barbera d'Alba Santo Stefano di Perno
Rich color and berry aromas followed with moderately complex layered flavors of dark fruit. Fair acidity and overall a very pleasant wine that is one of the higher end wines from the region. I prefer Barbera shortly after it is released and would suggest drinking this wine now.
Elio Grasso - Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera
2 bottles opened and individually decanted for 1 hour prior to drinking. Traditional Barolo color of translucent ruby red, showing no signs of age by color. Aromas of dark fruits, slight truffles and oil. Smooth on the tongue with moderate complexity of dark fruits and earth. Medium body and quite elegant. A very nice wine which still has potential to age and maybe develop further but certainly enjoyable now A fine Barolo.
Weinbach - Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Saint Catherine
This wine was purchased at the Domaine in 1999 and carried back home when one could still bring a bottle (or 19) as carry on luggage. slightly deep yellow color with steely and grassy aromas somewhat typical of aged white wine. I taste lychee and white grapes (go figure) with some minerality. Thick texture and a long finish. For my palate, this is slightly past peak but certainly drinkable. Domaine Weinbach and these few remaining bottles I have from the trip in 1999 are very special to me. If you have some drink up and enjoy. Cheers.
Dark in color with some of the standard Graves aromas of old earth, gravel and fruit and yes, slight smoke/tobacco. Rich flavors of the same aromas with relatively smooth tannins. Still young and will need more time, but based on some of the hype about this wine, I was expecting a little more in terms of fruit and thickness (then again maybe I was more in the mood for a California Cab). Don't get me wrong, this is an excellent wine with nice character, elegance and quite smooth texture. Decanted for 90 minutes and would have benefited from more time had I not been thirsty... enjoyable now but will keep.