A few days late in posting the Wednesday Wine Committee wines. Standard format with 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.
Enjoyable and drank younger than its age. I always get a cherry swisher sweets note with St Estephe wines. Very tart black cherries, currant, tart plum and herbs all over this wine. Tannins still holding up nicely. Not getting better, but will probably hold for a bit. I guessed mid-‘90s left bank Bordeaux. — 7 days ago
The community of Saint-Estèphe has roots in the Gallo-Roman origins of this chateau. A blend of 60% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot, 18% Cab Franc & 2% Petit Verdot, aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak. First time in a while there was some Cab Franc in the blend adding nice perfume to the berry, black fruit and cedar aromas. On the palate black berry, currant and plum flavors with cacao and oak notes. Big juicy tannins, a powerhouse that will age well. Long finish, good balance ending with great fruit and acidity balance. Outstanding! — 21 days ago
2014. Cool summer but hot at the end. Picked very late. Mid October. Forest floor. More tannic. Lots of potential. Big and young. — 9 days ago
PnP. If I was tasting blind I would have said 8 year old California cab. Ripe and robust on both the nose and in the mouth. However this was restrained in the context of the vintage. Overt fruitiness but none of the over the top ripeness that characterizes this vintage . Despite the extracted fruit the acidity kept this beautifully balanced. Very smooth and round. No signs of age and would not open another bottle for 10 years plus.
A wine still in its infancy.. — 10 days ago
Final wine for Danube cruise. Still surprisingly youthful and fresh tasting considering the vintage and age. Dark fruits tobacco earth and firm texture and good length. Good value for Americans on a French River cruise boat in Austria. — 10 days ago
Had in Paris at rustic steakhouse. Delegate and elegant. Lighter in body with acidity, tannins and fruit at med/light levels. Pleasant drinking wine of red fruit. Liked and easy drinking - balance is highlight but muted. — 14 days ago