The 2005 vintage was excellent in Bordeaux and most are open and drinking well right now. This wine showed wonderfully. Ruby in color with some browning. The nose is classic with cassis, char, tobacco, leather and cherries. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, cassis and black cherries with some spice and a bit of dry earthiness. Some complexity. Nice texture. Good finish. This wine is just about at peak (or maybe a bit past). Drink these sooner than later. It will be better with food. Beef stew with roasted root vegetables would be a nice match.
This is made with purchased grapes in northeast Ohio. It is their version off a white Bordeaux and features a 75/25 mix of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with white peach, slight wax, a hint of orange peel and spice. Lovely texture with just a wisp of tannins. Good balance. On the palate, peach and slight almond notes. Good finish. This is a solid version of a "white Bordeaux". Is is drinking well now, but should drink well for five to eight years. Nice on its own, this is very food friendly and worked well with an Eggplant
This bottle was left from our Seder in 2021 so we added it to this year's. It is a Bordeaux blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot and 7% Syrah. While still drinking well, it is showing a bit of age and has dropped some of its fresh fruit notes (the prior note is on this site). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, black cherries, tobacco, and dust. On the palate, this has nice cherry fruit with some cassis over dry roasted earth. Easy drinking. Food friendly. It is not a big wine, but worked great with our meal dur
In a really special place right now. Fantastic. This is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with black cherries, cherries, slight chocolate, tobacco, leather and slight funk. Full bodied. Velvety texture. On the palate, this is vibrant but also showing layering and complexity. Flavors of black cherries and cherries with underlying earthiness. Some chocolate on the finish. This is at peak but should drink well for another decade. Great on its own as it is contemplative, but will work great with roasted fowl, meat or even vegetab
Gorgeous showing for this wine. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is wonderful with black cherries, chocolate, spice, cherries and slight funk. Full bodied. Lush texture. On the palate, this is just about at maturity. Plenty of vibrant fruit; cherries and black cherries but also starting to show some depth and complexity. No hurry though. This should drink well for another ten to twenty years. Nice on its own, but better with food. Lamb would be a good match.
This is a Bordeaux blend from Napa. What a great wine. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, black cherries, tobacco, spice and slight cedar. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, this is delicious. Cassis, black cherries, cigar tobacco, just a hint of bell pepper and spice. Complex if tight. It unwinds in the glass. It may yet improve with some cellaring but delicious now. Drink over the next twenty years. Great on its own, this would work great with brisket.
This is a proprietary Red wine from Napa. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with cassis, blueberries, dark chocolate, black cherries and cedar. Clean. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, cassis, cedar and chocolate. Long finish. Deep and complex. This is still drinking young, so if opening soon, give it some air. It should drink well for twenty to thirty more years. Great on its own, this is the quintessential steak house wine.
This is, of course, the second label of Chateau Latour. In recent years the price on the seconds has sky-rocketed as well. That said, this is an excellent wine in a really nice place right now. Purple in color with ruby swirls, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cassis, tobacco, leather, slight graphite and spice. Also a bit of the funk. Full bodied. Great balance. Medium tannins. On the palate, this is drinking well. Nots of cassis, slight dried cherries and a bit of leather. Some underlying char and funk. Long finish. Complex and deep. Drink over the next twelve to twe
Beautiful wine. This is a proprietary blend from one of Napa's top producers. Bettina is the name of the owner's wife. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cassis, chocolate, slight coffee, dust and spice. Full bodied. Medium tannins. Nice balance. On the palate, this is more on the elegant/Bordeaux style of Napa. Cassis, black cherries, leather, and coffee with some underlying char. Lively. Long finish. This is drinking well and should continue for another fifteen to twenty years. Nice on its own, this will work with bigger foods such as P
This was from the crazy hot, 2003 vintage. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, tobacco, slight leather, damp earth and spice. Full bodied. Good balance. On the palate, this is ripe but certainly not over ripe. No prunes or raisins. A really amazing Bordeaux that is just getting to maturity. Loads of cassis with some spice and a bit of Bordeaux funk. Long finish. This should continue to drink well for another ten to fifteen years. Nice on its own, but better with food. This went well with roasted root vegetables and rice.