TN 2003 Montrose
Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:56 pm
Note to self, do not open any more of your big 03s for at least another 5 years. While thoroughly enjoyable, this is nowhere close to being ready; and I purposely opened this particular bottle as it was the only retail wine store display bottle that I owned. All my others have been stored perfectly. I figured that this bottle may be a bit further down the road. Nope. Rant over, this is a monster of a Bordeaux. A little shy and sinewy on the nose, one still gets notes of charcoal, massive red and black fruit, earth, and some toasty oak. On the palate, this puppy sings and it will hit triple digits one day...many days from now. This wine overwhelms your taste buds with a cascade akin to Angel Falls. Layer after layer of deep dark fruit, clay, cassis, oak, tobacco, graphite, and a hint of pencil. The texture, mouth feel, and balance are exquisite - really in a different league. The color is gorgeous Stanford crimson ( sorry Harvard fans, couldn't resist) with no sign of age at all. Audouzed 10 hours in advance of service. 99 Pts.