150+ ml pour of each with dinner (tuna, lamb, ostrich). All opened about 4 hours before, only the '86 decanted.
Sylvain Cathiard Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Malconsorts 2001
If malconsorts means consorts that treat you bad then this is not that. Absent the chains and the whips, yes there is a whiff of blood - blood orange, hint of iron filings, lovely backdrop of drying petals. Lively but well-balanced flavours. Penetrating (oh geez! shake that consort image already!) with its structure, secondary forest floor just starting to emerge - some meat, some cherry but mainly floral. That deceptive lightness of flavour profile makes this really enchanting. Probably some upside. 92
Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
Thorny web of brambly fruit and leather - the leather must be the gloves you have to wear to harvest the various wild blackberries and loganberries and then you throw those same gloves into the vat for fermentation by accident. Sounds gross, but think of it in a nice way. The gloves were sweaty by the way. Oh look, I got some scratches while harvesting so there is that blood thing again. What makes this wine is fragrance and balance (really). There’s a lot of deep-toned stuff going on but it has matured with grace and depth rather than power, and without sharp corners. Long finish - surprisingly devoid of VA or alcy burn (cough cf “modern” 707 cough). 92
Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Durrr ttttoooo yyyyouung. This would be restrained by Coonawarra standards and you can tell that some of that is because it’s actually a decent wine, but a lot of it is also because it’s completely shut down and closed. At this point, there’s a hole in the middle. That might come right, but essentially LEAVE THIS ALONE. I understand this is the latest release, and G** knows why they would decide to put this wine out at this point. 86+