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August 27, 2011

1986 Cos d'Estournel

Dinner at Danny's Kitchen in Taipei.

1986 Cos d'Estournel - mom smelled the cork when I first pulled it out, and remarked that it smelled "aged and damp".  She's got a pretty sharp nose, and I knew the bottle might be in trouble.  An hour after opening, the first pour from the decanter was definitely a little muted and smells of mold and wet cardboard.  Perhaps it was lightly corked.  After further aeration and a further chill-down in an ice bucket, both the nose and the palate got better.  There was some fruit but it wasn't very prominent.  Not very complex at all on the palate, perhaps as a result of heat damage?  A little smoky on the nose.  Could this be the first failed bottle that I've drunk from Acker?  Definitely a far cry from the very first bottle of this wine that I've ever tasted, all those years ago...

Full post on dinner is here.

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