I had a chance to do a side-by-side tasting comparison of these two wines this past week.
The 2008 Butterdragon is fairly closed right now and needs hours of air to start to show its stuff. I recorked a bottle and a couple of days later it was much more expressive. The ’08 vintage, in my opinion, is going to display more depth than the ’07, but it is going to take some time. My recommendation right now is to hold your 2008 Butterdragons for a few years. Surprisingly for this vineyard, the 2007 Baconbrook was more open for business. After just an hour of air, it’s really singing with a great, complex finish. While cellar age is still the watchword with Baconbrook, you can enjoy the 2007 now with a bit of advance planning.
I’m going to try to regularly update drinkability reports in this Vintner’s Journal.