January 3, 2011
Hillebrand 1997 Trius Red
Found December 2010
It's a little bit of a misnomer to call this wine a "lost and found" wine, because a friend brought it over on New Year's Eve, hence it was never lost in my cellar - but on the other hand it was lost to me (I did not have it) so it is not too far a stretch ... in any case I hope you will indulge me. For a wine that is 13 years old it was surprisingly youthful on the nose mixing in a blend of dried and fresh sour cherries, quite surprising indeed. The palate showed a lot more complexity, the dried cherries were there along with dried leaves which turned into pipe tobacco on the finish. One of those in attendance said they tasted bitter cocoa (powder-like) in the mouth ... and who can argue with something like that - I sure didn't, especially since I had already finished my ration. Lost & Found Rating: Treasure
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