The nose reveals; some dark cherry liqueur, blackberries, black plum skin, blueberries, black raspberries, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes, cinnamon, some nutmeg & clove, leather, dry top soil, dry stone, underbrush, fresh dark florals & violets.
The body full. The tannins still firm but coming around. The palate show the region and still needs another eight years. The fruits show the ripeness the 2010 vintage delivered. When you taste it, you gets it’s Rauzan’s little brother. It gets better as it opens up but, wait to open any bottles in your cellar. The 2010 vintage is a long cellar and this is no different.
Dark cherry, blackberries, black plum skin, blueberries, black raspberries, strawberries come on as it sits on the palate, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes, cinnamon, some nutmeg & clove, herbaceous notes, touch of black pepper corns, leather, dry black soil, dry stone, dry crushed rocks, underbrush, fresh dark florals & violets. The acidity is nice. There is good structure, length, tension and balance but, again needs time. The finish is nice but, still earth dominate and persistent minutes. — 8 days ago
Don’t even tell me you don’t like Merlot. You’re mistaken. — a month ago
4/18/2019 - this sets the standard for Merlot. — 7 days ago
Excellent one — 15 days ago
Deep garnet red with brick edges. Layered and aged nose coated in dried cherries, truffles, damp forest floor, wet tobacco, and some light baking spices. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and acidity with a medium body. Delicious and well balanced palate with red cherries, dried currants, tobacco, earthiness and leather. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2025. — 9 days ago
It is time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a nice surprise from the Right Bank of Bordeaux.
Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.
Earthy nose of blueberries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, cloves, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, barnyard, black pepper, vegetables, bell pepper, black tea, graphite, leather and tobacco.
Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with black currants, blueberries, wood, earth, light vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, black pepper, spices, dark coffee, wet leaves, bitter herbs, pencil lead, bell pepper and earth.
Medium finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a nice Merlot blend from Bordeaux. Earthy and nicely balanced, with a nice mouthfeel.
This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now, but not one for long term aging, even though it is from a great vintage. Tastes much more aged than a 4 year old.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (2 hours).
Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, nuts and crackers.
A blend of 63% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc.
14% alcohol by volume.
$15. — 14 days ago