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- hotwine - 03-30-2006 08:11 PM

Thought I'd pull one of these to accompany leftover NY strips, adding green beans, steamed rice and garlic bread. Wonderful nose of black currants and cedar, but.... not ready for prime time: 'way too tannic on the palate. Maybe decanting would have helped (simply opened an hour before dinner), but suspect it would have needed several hours if not days. Plan to sit on the rest for another 3-4. 13% alc/vol and about $16 on release.

- Innkeeper - 03-30-2006 10:18 PM

We have a '97 that we're planning to pop sometime this year.

- winoweenie - 03-31-2006 08:22 AM

Thar's why I've postponed opening any of the 00 growths. Tasted a few the last trip to San Diego and they seemed to be in the dumb stage. WW

- hotwine - 03-31-2006 09:31 AM

IK, it will be interesting to read your TN on the '97 - might affirm (or refute) my estimate of another 3-4 needed for the '00, disregarding vintage variation. (Could experiment by opening another bottle and letting it sit for a couple of days, but don't want to burn one in the interest of science!)

- Innkeeper - 03-31-2006 11:28 AM

We (as a rule) drink Left Bank seconds in nine years and the big guys in ten. For the Right Bank take a year off each. Of course all rules have exceptions.

- hotwine - 03-31-2006 02:54 PM

Sounds like a good rule.

- hotwine - 03-31-2006 08:01 PM

We each saved a glass by covering with Saranwrap and setting in the fridge overnight, then removing and allowing to warm to room temp to enjoy before dinner tonight (of roast chicken with an '02 Willamette Valley PN). Big improvement! Like a different wine, with tannins in background and lush fruit coming on strong. (Patience, hotsie, patience, it's like fly-fishing, just remember that.) Will try again in '09 (if still around).

- hotwine - 04-21-2008 09:39 AM

Decided to try one last night with oak-grilled NY strips. Poured two hours before din-din but didn't decant. Opened up very, very nicely ... probably at least a year away from reaching its peak but a superb St Julien right now.

- hotwine - 04-21-2008 09:20 PM

Tried another tonight with leftover NY strips and the cork showed it was cooked. Nose also. Poured a short glass anyway, hoping against hope and Surprise! It was still drinkable.... not as good as the one last night but acceptable. Maybe the cork was flawed/cracked.

- winoweenie - 04-22-2008 10:21 AM

Hate it when that happens! Dint buy any of the baby La-G as the big boy was so derned cheap en primuir that I loaded up on it. I did buy the 2nd wine of every 1st growth and NONE of the big boys as I thot they were getting too proud of their product. Little did I realize just how proud they'd get. WW