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Is it drinking better now?

The wines you select for Friday or Saturday night drinking are the wines you wait all week to drink. You share them with friends. They compose the collective lore of why we love wine. So last night, after having cellared the 2001 Cuvee Du Vatican Chateauneuf Du Pape Reserve Sixtine since its release, the time had come to experience the full glory of a 95 point Parker Chateauneuf.

I vinturied the wine into the decanter, gave it an hour before vinturing it back into the bottle, and then took it to the restaurant where the wine went right back into a decanter. Aromas of dark fruits, spice and earth wafted from the decanter and fueled my expectations. The nose was glorious. I was stoked!

Then there was the first taste. My anticipation and excitement were soon greeted by a reality which was not “…a great tactile impact on the palate, fabulous concentration, copious quantities of blackberry, blueberry, and charcoal-like flavors, and an awesome, 60-second finish,” as Mr. Parker promised me.

Ok, the wine just needed more time in the decanter. So something by the glass, and in another 30-45 minutes, then we’ll achieve the promised glory of 95 pts RP. Upon returning my Papal blend, youthful fruit was still followed by a muted palate. Two hours of air and the wine was still not showing well.

Was the wine in a dumb phase? Did it need 5-6 hours of air? Perhaps I was victimized by bottle variation. Who knows? All I can tell you is that we spent the remainder of the evening vigorously shaking the decanter, pouring small tastes, and hoping… Is it drinking better now? Is it drinking better now? How about now?

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So did you finish the bottle? Have some the next day? Did it ever get better?

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXandria

We killed it that night and sadly, even after being open for over 4 hours, the last sip wasn't anything close to the glory I was promised. I was tempted to save some for the next AM, but I didn't feel like asking to have my wine funelled back in to the bottle by the restaurant. I still have a bottle which I intend to leave in the cellar for another 3 years or so. Hopefully, it will come around.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSean Bisch

Editor's Note: SOLVED! it was indeed bottle variation:

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Myers

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