Lots of references to this wine in other "bulk" tasting threads, but it deserves a thread of it's own.
Popped and poured. Consumed over 2 1/2 hours with grilled beef tenderloin, asparagus, and baked potato.
My last taste of this came in 2006, when it was a huge but disjointed young wine that I thought showed great promise.
This time, it was a mixed experience for me. On first opening, the nose was not all that expressive, but what was there was dominated by pruniness. This is a character that I do not like, but others, including Mr. Parker himself, seem to either love or ignore this trait. The nose evolved over the next two hours, so that it was less pruney, but the hints of stewed fruit never completely went away. With time there were subtle hints of garrigue and Asian spice, but the nose was never all that expressive. The color was light, but still young. Despite the prunes on the nose, the palate was clearly quite different to me. The fruit was more black cherry--no prunes or raisins here. The structure and mouthfeel were absolutely gorgeous. The tannins have smoothed considerably, and this wine has evolved from a big hairy monster to an elegant beauty. Normally the prunes on the nose would just turn me off, but somehow this wine keeps me happy all the way through. It shows great versatility with food. Most importantly, my wife liked it too. Based on the tannins and mouthfeel, it seems to be ready now, but with the relatively muted nose (for a higher-end CdP), it may still be a little closed. Drink or hold. 91-93 points for me.