With about 10% of my olfactive capacities I can say it smells like black currant, a bit of tar, some other red and black berries. Quite nice. The palate is a bit thiner than expected but it might be a vintage thing. Great acid frame, black currant rolling all along, some nice velvety touch on the sides, gentle tannins and a finish made of fruit. Cool, pleasant but not great — 3 days ago
Bottle 1 turned. Bottle 2 was fine. I expected more complexity out of a Bordeaux with this age. I will happily drink the rest of my case but I’d pass on this vintage in the future. — 3 days ago
Here is my #MerlotThursday for this week. A nice one from Bordeaux.
Dark ruby in color with a short, cloudy, reddish rim.
Fruity nose of plums, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, spices, chocolates, cloves, herbs, graphite, earth, light vegetables and black pepper.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, cloves, spices, licorice, peppercorn, earth, graphite and dark coffee.
Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a nice, yet young, Merlot Cabernet blend from Saint Estephe. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Starting to show the tannins after 60 minutes of airtime. Needs 5 years in the bottle to mature, but already drinking very nicely.
Feels like a blend of left and right bank. Nice and engaging.
I paired it with cheeses, crackers and fresh fruit.
A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kosher.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 12 days ago
A nice St Julien from a great producer in a great vintage. Aromatics are excellent - as is the mid palate, with a ton of dark fruit and earth. The finish has not come together as much as I’d like or expect at this point - a bit muddled with slightly subdued acid. — 3 days ago
A nice Bordeaux but not sure - could maybe use a bit more time. Quite dark in the glass, lots of dark fruit on the nose and palate. Nice acid on the finish but surprisingly still quite tannic and closed. — 3 days ago
Last bottles. Turning brown at the edges. Pencil shavings and burnt rubber in the nose. Lovely soft body and the tannins have melted away. Such a lovely bottle. — 14 days ago