Classic Bordeaux in the way that you want. With 11 years of age this is showing well. Suggest decanting for at least 2 hours. Deep crimson color, tannins are still there but in a good place. Restrained fruit, heavy earth. Nice wine and great with hanger steaks. — 7 days ago
From the great 2005 vintage and #2 on Winespectator top 100 wines of 2008.
2 hour decant(lots of chunky sediment). A irresistible dark ruby red color. On the nose: bursting from the glass are those floral Margaux notes, sweet red fruit, cedar, some eucalyptus, crushed rocks, hints of cinnamon. Taste: dark plum, graphite, smoke, with red berries hitting mid palate. A creamy berry tobacco medium plus finish. Good acidity, still some tannins that need to work themselves out. Early in its drinking window, showing lots of promise for the future....easy to enjoy now if you like more fruit and less secondary flavors.
Thanks for the push @Paul Jakubowski — 6 days ago
When you see Pauillac on a label, you just expect a certain amount of refinement, structure, and class. Even as a second label, this delivers. Deep dark burgundy with thin edges and light ruby accents. Such a wonderful nose full of red and purple fruit, cedar, and just the right amount of smoke. There’s also some light floral notes and trace amounts of barnyard. It needs quite a bit of air to open up but when it does it sings. Left Bank Bordeaux is almost always delightful but this is so naturally refined and elegant compared to so many of its cousins. Full bodied and lively on the tongue, there is a streak of freshness running throughout. On the palate, very pleasant plums, blackberries, and dark chocolate shine. This is a very sleek and focused wine. Power, finesse, and beauty. Not bad for a second label. — 15 days ago
Wednesday Wine Committee from this past week. A fantastic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind as usual.
Possibly in its prime drinking window, and it is gorgeous. Everything about this screams high quality left bank Bordeaux (which is what I called it). It was beautifully perfumed with a mix of potpourri, dried black cherries, blackberries, graphite, saddle leather and herbs de Provence. Perfectly balanced on the palate with dark fruits enveloped in cedar and sweet pipe tobacco. There is a line of ripe purple fruits down the middle accompanied by dust and mocha which is just delicious. — 13 days ago
A brilliant vintage for this. Awesome nose. Tar, leather, tobacco, cassis, dark blackberry. Ripe but cooling. Complex and concentrated with awesome purity, elegance and freshness. Sweet dark cassis and black currant on the finish. Intense, brooding and delicious. — 8 days ago
Black currant, leather, cedar, menthol. Very nice nose. The palate is full on fruity, with a good width and some coffee and milky touch on the sides. Some grainy tannins in mid palate kick off a very long and delicious finish with currant and meat juice and that coffee and milky touch. This wine has presence, texture, complexity and class. This is very good — 13 days ago