Popped yesterday afternoon, on the counter unrefrigerated overnight, even though it ended up being a pretty hot day today. Notes from today. On the nose: lovely St. Estephe earth, inflected with soft charcoal and vegetal notes, layered over dark blackberry. On the palate: excellent acidity, more blackberry, soft black pepper, a touch of charcoal.and a hint of green pepper, very soft tannin on the finish, which just caresses the palate with lingering velvet.. just lovely today. No rush, but don't hesitate to drink now with sufficient air. — 2 days ago
It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a delicious one from France.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, black currants, cedar, tobacco, vanilla, leather, spices, dark coffee, milk chocolates and peppercorn. Pretty, once it opens up.
Full-bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate and fruity, with blackberries, earth, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, light alcohol, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, leather, pencil lead, herbs and black pepper.
Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious 5 year old Right Bank Bordeaux. Drinking very nicely now, although still young.
This 2016 vintage is showing very nicely now. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.
Still a little hot at the back of the throat, at this point, but I love the cedar and sweet cherry notes.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly, so give it time. Good by itself once it opens up.
Will age nicely in the next 15 years, and has good potential to become even better.
Tasty, tangy and spicy. A delicious wine from a great vintage.
A good food wine too, that will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with cheeses and green olives.
A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are grown on limestone soil.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$55. — 5 days ago
2021/3. Red and blue fruit, but also powdery and compacted - even a relatively “straightforward” St. Joseph like this probably needs more time to come together — 10 days ago
A big departure from the historical Figeac style but still elegant and well done. Its not very alcoholic and has good balance and density. Less acidity and more extraction, and more accessible style. Good modern type of wine with some ressemblance to classical Figeac. — a day ago
A blend of 58% Merlot, 39% Cab Sauv & 3% Petit Verdot, deep Ruby with aromas of fresh red fruit with woodsy spice. On the palate flavors of red plum and cherry with some cacao and licorice notes. This wine shows oak and mineral tones with fine tight tannins and good balance. Long finish with fruit and spice ending. Needs a few years of bottle age. Reasonably price, good value. — 13 days ago