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I got home from that tasting and my friend Glenn asked what it was like. I replied flippantly; I don't remember what I said. Glenn chastised me, telling me he wanted to experience the wines vicariously through me.
So I wrote this column about tasting DRC for Wine Review Online. I'm not going to repeat it here, but it's as honest as I could get about the experience. I will confess here that I woke up in the middle of the night tortured by self-loathing over the ending of the piece, because it really happened and it was really embarrassing. And then I went ahead and told everybody about it, because what the hell, done is done. The catharsis helped; now I'm sleeping just fine, thank you. At least until the pennant race starts.
What I do want to give you here is a taste of the tasting notes. Wine Review Online survives on subscriptions for its tasting notes, so my notes for all 8 wines are behind their pay wall. This is the kind of thing you might get to vicariously enjoy if you subscribe.
I picked this one because it's near the middle of the range both in price (they go from $255 to $3725) and in the score I gave it (all the wines I scored between 93 and 99; exactly 4 were higher than this.) And, while it's one of the shorter reviews, I like the description. After you read the column, you'll see why I want to try to regain some of my professionalism. Sleep well.
Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Romanée-St.-Vivant, Burgundy, 2008 ($1070)
Point score: 94
The RSV's aroma is so delicate -- raspberry, some oak, mushrooms -- that its savory attack in the mouth comes as a shock. The primary flavor is raspberry, but it's so tangy, and the smoked meat note is so strong, that it reminded me of raspberries left in a smokehouse surrounded by pork ribs. Noticeable tannins suggest that it will reward long cellaring.