Two diametrically opposed wines...
2001 Chateau Sociando Mallet (Haut Medoc)
Some reports had indicated this might be drinking well. Uh...no. It's still closed and monolithic, but there's a big core waiting to come out. Nothing green here, but all the strength that is traditional of Sociando is just coiled up and waiting for the right moment to strike. Balance is very good, and I expect fine things in another 5-7 years.
2003 Loring Wine Company Naylor Dry Hole Vineyard
Classic Loring puppy dog wine. Friendly and exuberant, but this one has a few teeth. Cherry, raspberry and earthy tones, with some slightly astringent tannins. Big finish of fruit and oak though. Perhaps another year in the cellar would have done this good, but no matter. Still fun to drink, and perhaps even a little more enjoyable for having some additional structure.
The Loring was the more enjoyable drink at the time, but in the long run I would rather have the Sociando.
There behind the glass lies a real blade of grass. Be careful as you pass. Move along. Move along.