This is the second wine of Gracia and is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This sample was drinking very well right now. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, dark chocolate dust and slight coffee. Certainly no issues with getting ripe. The palate has light tannins. Some depth. Black cherry fruit over a dry earthiness. Good finish. This was not cheap; retailing at $85 compared to the First wines at around $135. But it is a very good wine. Should drink well for a decade as it matures. Probably won't get better.
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
Gorgeous wine. This was controversial on release for being too big and bold, but I think it would be less so today. Maybe not. It is still a ripe wine but not overblown or raisiny, etc. Just a gorgeous expression of Merlot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is initially tight but opens quickly showing dusty cherries, slight mocha ad roasted herbs. On the palate, black cherries layered with dry earth and just a hint of cocoa powder. Great plush yet juicy texture. This is deep with tight layering that unwind in the glass. Long finish. It probably won't get better but will
At peak. Purple/ruby in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has nice cherries with some cassis and cigar box. On the palate, some complexity. Nice texture. Juicy cherries with some cassis and underlying slight cocoa dust and tobacco. Nice finish. This is about as good as this wine will be. Reasonably food friendly for medium and heavier foods.
Purple in color. This is drinking quite well now. Pretty classic right bank but perhaps still a skosh more room to develop. The nose is nice with cherries, some cassis, cigar box and chocolate shavings. On the palate, this has nice cherries, not super ripe, but nothing green. Undertones of tobacco and damp earth. Good balance. Drank over two nights and while different just as good on each night. Will work with most foods. Really everything you could want from this wine at this point.
From an excellent vintage whose wines are slow to come around, this one is drinking well. Seems to be shy of peak but getting close. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cherries, slight tobacco and spice. On the palate, this has medium body. Cherries with some intertwines tobacco. Some depth if not a lot. Good acidity. Worked well with food. Nice finish. I believe this was under $30 on release which is a fair price.
On opening the cork fell into the bottle. It was fished halfway out and removed with a Durand corkscrew. Anytime one gets the opportunity to try a Cheval Blanc it is truly a treat! Of course, this is not a great year and it might be getting a bit old but it still has plenty to offer. It took about 15 minutes to really open up. Purple in color, slight browning at the edges. There is some initial bottle stink but that blows off leaving cherries, slight dried cherries, spice, dust and blood. Interesting. On the palate, this has nice tart cherries layered with dry forest floor and some
This has been one of the best values in Bordeaux and continues to be. Great showing for the money. Purple in color. The nose is tight at first but then opens to cherries and dark cherries. It starts out bitter and tannic, but with some air, the cherry and dark cherry fruit explode. Nice depth. Some oak but integrated. Good finish. Right now it could use a decant. It will continue to improve for a decade or more. $30.
Purple in color. The nose has cherries, black cherries, slight chocolate and cedar. On the palate, this is still not at peak but drinking very well. Layers of black cherries, cherries, earth and spice. Nice texture. Good finish. This is a nice value for top (not the very top) Bordeaux. Still some upside for this wine as well as it matures. Better with food. There is plenty of fruit though.