My third offering for the party was this absolutely stunning Second Growth from St. Julien. Another 92 pointer from the pro’s that get 5 stars from me and possibly 94 points. I’ve been hiding a case of this for nearly ten years and have been rewarded for my patience. More approachable than my other two offerings, the wine has hit its sweet spot where the tannins are absolutely gorgeous, melded and non-obtrusive. Dark brooding fruit on the nose and palate mixed with cedar-box and tobacco make this my kinda wine. I could sense some secondary earth and funk starting to emerge which gets me excited. I would say this wine will develop for the next 10 years and be fully mature by 2022- which means I can savor one bottle per year and watch the evolution. Ps. This was everyone’s favorite, including me.