This is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. A gorgeous wine that is still very young. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is pretty classic for Haut Brion with cassis, crushed gravel, slight asphalt and strawberries. On the palate there are silky but firm tannins. Deep and complex, the layers unwind in the glass. Cassis and black cherries, slight strawberries over gravel and earth. Great balance. Long finish. This needs another ten years to maturity and should be there for a couple more decades after that. It is delicious right now but give it air.
100% Merlot. This proved to be a bit controversial. Some of us loved it while others merely liked it. Of course, served along side the First growths, the Merlot based wine might be at a disadvantage for those preferring Cabs. Personally, I thought it was a stunning wine. It kept opening up over the three hours it was in my glass (with an occasional refill). As an aside, there is something wonderful about having a waiter ask you if you would like just a bit more Petrus in your glass. :-) Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is very pretty with cherries, slight cassis, a bit of
This is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc. It had been decanted for about four hours. It is drinking quite well right now and just a very pretty wine. Not the powerhouse of some vintages but it will certainly hold its own. Deep ruby with purple swirls in color. The nose has cherries, soy sauce, black cherries and spice. On the palate, there are cherries and black cherries with an underlying char. Nothing about this wine is under ripe or green. Very nice acidity. Medium tannins. Very long finish. This went quite well with food. It improved slightly in the glass but ove
Time has been great for this bottle. At age 14, it is a stunning bottle of Bordeaux. Probably at or close to peak but with years left. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is fresh with cherries, cigar box, slight earthy funk and slight spice. On the palate, this has complex layers of cherries, black raspberries, and tobacco. Great balance. Long finish. This drinks well on its own because of the complexity but really shines at the dinner table with meat and roasted dishes or stews. This is a great example of buying affordable Bordeaux in great vintages and letting them age. It can still
A question that comes up on occasion is whether a $125 bottle can be considered a value. In this case, I say yes. A Napa Cab of this quality often costs 4 times the price and rarely less. The Bard is consistent from vintage to vintage and a truly great wine. This is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and the remaining grapes are Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Inky purple in color.
Nice to get a chance to revisit this. It has come together nicely and improved a bit since release. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Franc. This is made from those barrels which did not qualify for the top wines. Purple in color with some ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cherries, tobacco, sour cherries, sandalwood and anise. On the palate, this is drinking great. I doubt it gets any better but certainly has another five years. Lots of red fruits and a bit darker with some earthiness. Light tannins. Nice finish. This will go with a wide variety of foods
This was generously brought to our Seder by a friend. It was stood upright for a couple of weeks and decanted for sediment right before serving. It is a 60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A really great showing at age 19. Probably a bit past its prime but still thriving with plenty to offer those who would listen to an older wine. Deep ruby in color, a bit of bricking at the rim. The nose is great with cigar box, dried cherries, fresh cherries, dust and slight pine. On the palate, this has layers of fruit;dried and fresh over a forest floor. Good acidity helps it go well
Purple in color. The nose has nice cassis, dust, cherries and slight green bell pepper. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Good cassis fruit over a dry earthiness. Light tannins. The bell pepper is only on the nose. This has some complexity at this point. Good finish. Not uber ripe but certainly not under ripe either. Drinking well, it may possibly still improve with further cellaring. Will work better with bigger or spicy foods but is ok on its own. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
OK, this was served to me at a wine store, so what the heck. It is a sparkling rosé wine & cider blend that is 30% Merlot, 30% Chambourcin, and 40% Stayman Winesap apples. I can't imagine it costs much. It was fun to try a can (yes, a can). Other's seemed to find it fun. For this grizzled old wine geek, it was more a curiosity. But, that's ok too.
This is a Bordeaux blend from Western Sicily. It a nice affordable wine that is enjoyable and will hold and improve a bit for a few years in a good cellar. It is a modern, internationally styled wine, but still has a certain continental quality to it. Purple in color. The nose has nice cherry fruit with a bit of spice and slight cedar. On the palate, there are some tannins. Nice cherry fruit. Good acidity. Nice finish. Easy drinking and will work with a wide variety of foods. It won't get much better, but perhaps a bit. It should be drunk by 2025.