Slight sign of age in fading color at rim
Refined nose of wild berries, cherry, and earthy loam
Elegant texture on the palate, with faint cedar and anise
Round tannins on finish with smoke notes and more dark fruit
As one of our Christmas dinner wines, I was really looking forward to this. At PB's for the holiday, we had this out to breath and were anticipating the first swirl to be paired with a standing rib roast. Then the dog got out... and ran away.
After extensive search team efforts throughout the neighborhood, no dog. We settled in for an abbreviated dinner, anyhow, before resuming our search. The wine and rib roast were memorable, but the moment was overshadowed.
This was the second bottle of the 1999 we've had this year, obtained several years ago for about $45, and it didn't disappoint. With a little age on it, the wine shows an elegance and a classy style of woven fruit and exotic tones of cedar and smoke. It also has a "Rutherford dust" kind of tone to it, which smells of a dry, dusty vineyard. The wine is always a pleasure and always a treat!
Raise a glass!
By the way, the dog showed up the next morning. We didn't save him any rib roast or any Tapestry.