Pop and pour, this probably should have been decanted. It took some time to open up. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cassis, pencil lead, cedar and tobacco. Cherries come out with air. This has a slight funk at first but cleans up with air. A wonderful velvety texture. Complex and deep. Lot of cassis and cherries on the palate. Some cherry cough syrup. Tart acidity which begs for food. Long finish. This seems to finally be at peak though no hurry. At least a decade more at this level. This will go well with meat or fowl dishes though not too spicy.
The first bottle that we opened was corked. A second bottle proved quite fresh indeed. This was a surprise as it showed quite well. Still, in the older style. The label was actually in very good shape as well. Purple in color with just a slight bit of bricking at the rime. Clear and bright. The nose has cherry fruit, with a slight bit of funk. With air it becomes a bit more cigar box. On the palate, this is clean and fresh. Certainly mature but nice cherry fruit, just a wisp of tannins with underlying barnyard. The finish is a bit drying. Older wines can be a gamble, mostly due
This is certainly not today's Pavie. A very different style of Bordeaux. Whether that is good or bad is subjective. Ruby/brown in color though clear if a bit muted. The nose is all about the earthy funk. There is some slight mine and slighter cherry fruit. Tart acidity. On the palate, this starts out with thin cherries. As it blows off bottle stink, it adds some weight but tastes old and past prime. Certainly no sin for a 37 year old wine. There is a lot of funk on this wine. One of the people sharing this wine called it "dirty" which might (or might not) be a bit strong. Still,
For wines that are purchased on release and cellared for years, it is rare to hit a bottle at its exact prime. Often the bottle is opened too early, or too late. Wine lovers often discuss which is better.
This is certainly one of the stars of its region. While not in the category of Haut Brion, neither is the pricing. Of course, it is not inexpensive either. This bottle was purchased on release. It was allowed to breathe for an hour and then consumed over the next few. Still on the young side, it offers up plenty of enjoyment right now. If you have a few, go ahead. If you just have one or two, then it's a hold. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, black cherries, some cedar, spice and a bit of minerality. On the palate, light tannins. Tight layers that unwind in the glass of cass
OK, I have a confession to make. I love Merlot. There, I said it. But, it has to be good. Sometimes, because Merlot is so accessible young or so delicious, it gets short shrift when compared to Cabernet. And don't get me started on the Sideways effect. And yes, there is a lot of crap out there from all over the globe. But, there is a lot of really great Merlot as well. And, this is one. Actually, it is 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. Purple in color. The nose shows black cherries, dark chocolate, cassis, leather, slight menthol and a bit of earth. On the palate, the textu
This is a Trader Joe's wine made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is an easy drinking rose that is easy on the budget. Deep pink/orange in color. The nose has some watermelons and strawberries. Light bodied. On the palate, a bit of clean strawberries. Drank well enough on its own and worked with a variety of garden and fruit salads. Drink up this summer.
This is coming along quite nicely. It's not yet at peak and still drinks big and young. Purple in color. The nose is big with black cherries, some black raspberry, spice, some chocolate and a bit of coffee. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Lots of black cherry and black raspberry fruit over a bit of char/dark chocolate. Slight black licorice on the finish. This is delicious and great on its own or with bolder roasted meat (or vegetable) dishes. It will continue to improve for another five to ten years, and be good for another ten to fifteen after that if well stored. This bo
This is a Bordeaux blend Super Tuscan wine from one of the top producers in Tuscany. It is one of their less expensive offerings and is always an outstanding wine. This wine is surprisingly open and drinking well already considering that 2015 is an outstanding vintage in Tuscany. Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose has cassis, black cherries, slight tobacco and spice. On the palate, this has a nice juiciness to it. Black cherry fruit dominates at this point with some underlying tobacco/earth. Light tannins. Nice finish. This might still improve but either way should be good
A perennial favorite in my household going back to the days when this was labeled as Chianti. A very nice value and a wine that will age for a few years anyway. Purple in color, slightly opaque and bright. The nose is dusty, slightly smoky, with nice cherry fruit. On the palate, this has nice layering. Not too deep or complex but what is there is developed. It certainly seems as though there are some Bordeaux varietals in this wine, but I am unsure of the blend. It drinks more like a Bordeaux of similar price. The fruit is riper though. This may still have some upside but should be