Last Tuesday, my friend "themostrighteous" and I did a remote tasting of the 2005 Titus PS, drinking and sending notes to each other over gchat. Here's the transcript, with the extraneous bits of conversation and personal stuff removed:
10:27 PM Themostrighteous: bout to pour myself a glass...
Loweeel: just poured mine
have steak and spinach
10:28 PM blueberry, boysenberry
little tiny bit of shoepolish :)
Themostrighteous: little bit?!?
10:29 PM it sits pretty but prominently on the nose
Themostrighteous: i love this nose...
Loweeel: understatement :)
oh, fucking lovely
we nailed the decant [2.5 hours]
a bit flabby on the finish
but the fruit is great
10:30 PM I think it's not all back together yet
flabby & just a bit hot
but the fruit makes up for it
Loweeel: almost like a zin
Themostrighteous: nice all around
Loweeel: this one is adolescent
all elbows and knees
10:31 PM it will probably grow up to be hot but isn't there yet
maybe it will spur you to get a job
10:40 PM Loweeel: wow, the sip of this after the palak paneer was damn right
just cleansed it right out
10:41 PM Themostrighteous: i think i'm going to cry...
10:44 PM this Titus is growing on me
god i love PS
i will always owe PS to you
Loweeel: it's ok
Themostrighteous: and i won't forget it
Loweeel: when you come visit me in nyc
I'll open up a scholium
10:45 PM my cellar is always open completely to you (other than my last villemaurine)
you're right -- this is getting better -- acidity is more in balance
10:47 PM Themostrighteous: wow
i'm planning on drinking the whole bottle tonight
so i plan on seeing it evolve!
Loweeel: you just can't say no to shoe polish
10:48 PM Themostrighteous: some folks can
i'm not one of them
time to pour glass number 2
10:49 PM and my tongue
is almost coated
this tastes almost calistoga-y
I think they said their ps vineyards were near but not in calistoga
the shoe polish would confirm that
10:50 PM Themostrighteous: oh this is funny
i just popped over to w[ine].w[oot] for the first time in a week
saw the offering
Loweeel: oh man the nose is even better
Themostrighteous: and thought to myself
that is SO PALE
and then looked at my glass
10:51 PM that is SO DARK!
Loweeel: PS is amazing.
Themostrighteous: yeah nose is definitely dancing now
Loweeel: I can't wait for PSymPoSium
Themostrighteous: should be a blast man!
Loweeel: too bad you can't make it
Themostrighteous: c'est vrai
10:52 PM i'm saving my non-family travel dollars to visit you
Loweeel: are you having food w/ this?
wish i had a fat juicy steak with me though
11:00 PM Loweeel: getting more plummy
11:04 PM btw
i'm torn between smelling this wine
and drinking it
Loweeel: I know
nose is GREAT
Themostrighteous: the nose is getting to be that good
Loweeel: not '02 rattlesnake great
but not too far away
11:05 PM that's still my best wine ever :)
that one was even crazier on the palate than on the nose
remember our teeth?
11:06 PM we looked like monks from the dark ages
[wife] says hi
11:07 PM she was laughing at me about our “date”
she asked me if we were having phone sex
i told her that we were having PS
Loweeel: oh yeah, hot rattlesnake acres '02 action
Themostrighteous: so almost like having wine sex
call me a lush
11:08 PM but i'm pouring number 3
(and i'm using my huge ass vinum extreme too!)
Loweeel: i'm about halfway down the decanter
11:09 PM errr.... more
such a nice nose
Themostrighteous: i love the fact that when you pour yourself a glass of a good PS
the bubbles that form on top are almost as dark as the wine itself
11:10 PM only with PS
must be cuz i'm the dark skinned brooding type
what's your excuse?!?
my freckles are dark and brooding!
11:11 PM Themostrighteous: oooh
the mouth is starting to catch up to the nose
glycerin levels off the charts
end less flabby
(prob could have decanted for an extra hour b4 starting)
11:12 PM black fruit really showing
Loweeel: very nice for $38!
Themostrighteous: no shit
11:13 PM Loweeel: oh yum
Loweeel: 11:24 PM black currant RIPPING MY FACE OFF
Themostrighteous: you are SO GV!!!
Loweeel: jersey, yo
11:25 PM i will say this
to those who criticize PS
Loweeel: fuck em, more for us!
Themostrighteous: about being somewhat monodimensional
Loweeel: btw, I have a new everyday drinker champion
and you GOTTA try that shit
Themostrighteous: fire away
Loweeel: see blog :)
dr debs (good wine under $20) gave it 90 on ct
11:28 PM Themostrighteous: shite
it's been a while
you've been busy blogging
The Crusheer heh?
really fantastic at that price
such great fruit
no phenolic shit like this
11:29 PM Themostrighteous: just goes to show
you look at the stats
and you might not take a swig
Loweeel: not THAT high for ps
Themostrighteous: but if you do
you get surprised
Themostrighteous: just making a point that you can't always judge the book by its cover
11:30 PM wait...
11:31 PM Loweeel: last glass :-)
11:32 PM Themostrighteous: ah shit
not for sale in IL
Loweeel: I am happy to pick some up for you, give to octocat on sat
11:33 PM Themostrighteous: not sure when i'm going to see her next
what with her visiting her man in TN
and with the Chicago w.w. community MIA
just poured one more
but still have one left
you sped by me!
11:44 PM Themostrighteous: and i quote
"your teeth are gross!"
11:45 PM Loweeel: :-D
Themostrighteous: ah the sacrifices
11:47 PM Loweeel: :-D :-D