Fresh, right-bank Bordeaux Merlot — 15 days ago
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday . Here's a nice one from Saint Emilion.
Dark ruby in color with a short brick/ reddish rim.
On the nose, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, wildflowers, spices, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark earth and coffee. Not very powerful though.
Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with cooked cherries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, diet cola, coffee, earth, vegetables and wet leaves.
Medium minus on the finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.
This 8 year old is drinking nicely now, although not from a great vintage. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity. Showing some over ripen fruits, which might be a storage issue. A good food wine, though.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.
I had it blind, and called Right Bank Bordeaux 2011.
A blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$100. — 18 days ago
From a 375. I bought this one 15 years ago for $12 and I’ve been waiting to open it on a Tuesday night with some take out Chinese. I finally found the night! At first, it was very tight and backward. Huge tannins that I thought would never fade. I figured it was a 2003 that was off center And funky. After 30 minutes it was still tight but the black fruit rose out of the glass and the tannins faded revealing a beautiful claret that was a little hard around the edges but offered immense pleasure. Fun to find something that was laying around so long — 2 months ago
Pretty darn good. Mellowed a bit but still solid structure good tannin and acid. A bit demur on the finish but still drinking well. — a month ago
Mycket ung än. Frisk vild syra nu och ganska extraherad. Behöver ganska många år till. — 18 days ago
Medelfyllig, medelfruktig, ganska stenig, saltlakrist, bigarråer. — 2 months ago
Peak perfection and balance. Great blueberries and plum with integrated tannins. — 7 days ago