This is 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc from the difficult 2013 vintage. Ruby/purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose cherries, chocolate, tobacco and spice. Nice texture. Medium bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, black cherries with some cherries with some clay and spice notes. The finish is a bit clipped. A very nice effort for the vintage. It may not have enough fruit to outlast the tannins. drink over the next ten years. Nice on its own, but better with food. A nice wine to open with Ahi Tuna off the grill.
Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. This is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon according to the winemaker's notes. The nose is nice with black cherries, smoke, plums, chocolate and cedar. Firm tannins. Full bodied. On the palate, this is very tight. It unwinds a bit in the glass to show cherries, black cherries, and slight chocolate. Some depth. Nice finish. Certainly, this seems at least a bit shut down at this point. Best to hold this for five to eight more years, then drink for ten to twelve after that.
This wine is shut down right now. It needs time to develop and will no doubt be spectacular, but not on this evening. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with black cherries and spice. With air, a bit of chocolate and tobacco emerge. Full bodied. Wonderful texture.
My first time trying this producer. It is their second wine. A blend of 73.1% Merlot, 24.3% Cabernet Franc, and 2.6% Petit Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with clay, and cherries. Medium bodied. Light tannins. The palate has cherries with slight black cherries. This is open and drinking well today. Some complexity but mostly a tasty wine for immediate drinking over the next couple of years. A nice wine with pizza. Unfortunately, like most Pomerol wines, it is a bit expensive to be a daily drinker.
This is a wine from the right bank of Bordeaux appellation Pomerol that was new to me. It is 100% Merlot. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, plums, black raspberries, cedar and spice. Medium bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, lots of red and some purple fruits with layers of cedar and slight earthiness. This should continue to mature and improve over the next decade and drink well for ten to twelve more after that. This would go well with roasted eggplant dishes.
Very impressive showing and while just a bit tight, this opened nice with air. Purple in color, opaque and bright. Black currants, plums, baking spices, graphite and char on the nose. Full bodied with a lush texture. On the palate, this unwinds in the glass to show depth and layers of fruit (plums and black currants), spice, slight forest floor, and smoke. Great balance. Delicious. Long finish. This is not yet at peak but well worth opening now and letting it breathe. Drink over the next twenty years. It drinks great on its own but will work better with food. Roasted duck or eggp
2005 was an excellent vintage, but, especially the right bank Merlot based wines, is now starting to really drink well. 100% Merlot. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is lovely with black cherries, cassis, chocolate and spice. Light tannins. Medium bodied. On the palate, black cherries with underlying funk. Good finish. This seems to be about at peak but should drink well for another five to seven years. It drinks well on its own but will work better at the dinner table with perhaps roasted fowl.
Much better and cleaner than another bottle tried a couple years ago. Both were bought on release at the same time. A right bank wine from the great 2005 vintage. The vineyard is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc (unsure about the specific vintage in bottle). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cherries, black cherries, cedar, chocolate, slight tobacco and just a bit of smoke. Consumed over two days, this was better/more open on day 2. Full bodied. Lush texture but with good acidity. Lots of black cherry fruit over smoke with some chocolate. Nice finish. This s
2001 was a good if not great vintage and the better wines are certainly at peak. That would include this one. It is one of the better Merlot's produced in Bordeaux. Purple in color, ruby at the core. The nose is nice with cherries, slight plums, some cedar and a bit of milk chocolate. Full bodied. The wine has a nice complexity to it. If is mature and on the refined side. Layers of plums, cherries with an earthy/dried fruit base. Moderate finish. This worked well with a stuffed mushroom cap dish. No real hurry at this point, but probably best to drink up within five to ten years.
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