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| ||Tasted by Bob Sacamano on 7/3/2015 & rated 92 points: 90 minute double decent. Lots of sediment. Deep, deep inky magenta color. Firm, drying tannins start to soften and nose opens up after 2.5+ hours. Nose of blueberries and violets earth and stony riverbed. Lively acid and plenty of fruit balances drying tannin on the relatively long finish. No drop-off second day. Drinking awesome now so long as you give it the respect it deserves in the decanter. Nice QPR. (731 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 6/29/2015: Coming along nicely. Very dark. Some tannin still to resolve. A bit forward, but good mineral salts keep the finish from being too sweet. Drunk with lamb tonight, a really good match, with the tannin, fruit and fat interplay. (1494 views)|
| ||Tasted by Sniffy-Sniff on 6/21/2015 & rated 91 points: Extremely well made. Still taught. Needed 90 minutes to loosen up before giving up the goods. Restrained, dark fruit that gave way to drying tannins and a lengthy finish that left you wanting that next sip. i think this will get better in a few years but very approachable now. (2016 views)|
| ||Tasted by allenn1999 on 6/15/2015 & rated 91 points: Nice open earthy flowery nose. Open palette more of the same with smooth tannins but could wait another 3-5 years and will be beautiful. (2558 views)|
| ||Tasted by shellylowen on 6/10/2015 & rated 90 points: Good body, nose, finish, tannins. Tar, blackberry, blueberry. Better after an hour so decant. (2549 views)|
| ||Tasted by cltean on 5/30/2015 & rated 89 points: A decent left bank wine, but tasting tart at the moment compared to other bottles from the same vintage I've had. Was better on the second day. (2971 views)|
| ||Tasted by ScottPreston on 5/25/2015 & rated 91 points: Consistent notes. This wine continues to surprise me. Great dark/rich fruits but not over done. Smoke, charcoal, a little earth as well emerge from the glass. This producer has really improved and wines are underpriced. Impressive. (3014 views)|
| ||Tasted by Chip & Susanne on 5/22/2015 & rated 89 points: Needed decanting & aerating to release its inner delights. Left bank Bordeaux from excellent vintage year, certainly not a shy wine. Ambitious roasted fig, apple wood & blueberry confiture notes followed by racy graphite, espresso & blackberry. Dense but well structured. Needs to lay down longer... (2731 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bam_Man on 5/20/2015 & rated 92 points: First bottle since February, 2013. Still a very youthful-looking, dark, semi-opaque magenta in color, with almost no lightening at the edge. Maybe a little less expressive on the nose this time. Attractive, though very subtle scents of crushed berries, vanilla and earth. Full-bodied and noticeably less fruit-forward than last time, though still very New World in style for a St. Estephe. There's still plenty of luscious, ripe blueberry and boysenberry fruit character to this though. It's definitely more harmonious now - showing a lot less oak, and the tannins are becoming well-integrated. Beautiful, delicious and freakishly good for a Bordeaux at this price point.|
50+5+12+17+8=92 (3210 views)
| ||Tasted by nocoretiree on 5/10/2015 & rated 91 points: Perhaps the perfect poor man's Bordeaux as is reasonably-priced (mid-$20's) and significantly out-performs at that price point. This is a St. Estephe (60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot); my experience is they tend to be bolder, more robust and that was certainly the case here - strong black fruit, earthy/woody with plenty of tannins left, but not to the point of astringency. Threw a little sediment at the end. 2009 appears to be that rare Bordeaux vintage where the good wines are approachable earlier, yet still very good, although we will wait and open our two remaining bottles in future years. If the winemaker(s) wanted to put together a Bordeaux in Napa Cab style, they certainly did so here. We did let it breathe for 1/2 an hour, @ 58 degrees, decanted it for an additional half hour, which did the trick. The wine was superb from first to last sip. Served an early Mother's Day dinner (her request) of beef stroganoff over artisan parsley/garlic fettuccine, served with oven-broiled herbed fresh asparagus. (3043 views)|
| ||Tasted by FredF on 5/9/2015 & rated 90 points: Dep redcolor, great fruit on nose. Lots of sediment! (2748 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mech-E on 5/3/2015 & rated 91 points: In a dumb phase. Let her rest. |
Dark red in color. Plenty of sediment...happy I used the filter on the Rabbit. Decanting 3 hours brought the fruit. The funk, barnyard, dark cherries, cedar were all present, but muted. Tannins weren't huge but certainly stiff. (3264 views)
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/30/2015 & rated 93 points: Compared to the few orevious bottles of this I've tried, this is is taking on more delicacy and bearing, more maturity. Ashen, some tobacco, savory; lovely stuff. (3158 views)|
| ||Tasted by twfwinedude on 4/27/2015: I just opened my first bottle of a case purchased. A solid inexpensive Bordeaux. I'm looking forward to its development. (3234 views)|
| ||Tasted by curtr on 4/16/2015: Early drinking plateau. Try again in 2017. (3138 views)|
| ||Tasted by patsox on 4/7/2015 & rated 91 points: Outstanding! (3737 views)|
| ||Tasted by BillLowney on 3/29/2015 & rated 90 points: Margaux on the nose with blackcurrant, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, cream, vanilla, lilac, violet, straw, coffee, toffee, banana, apple. Soft on the palate with tannins supplying enjoyable texture and grip. The finish was simple blackcurrant fruit, with a touch of sweetness. The tannins have energy but blend well with the overall drinking experience. I'd give this 10/10 for the price paid. (3424 views)|
| ||Tasted by redz on 3/29/2015 & rated 91 points: mellowing nicely, compared to 2 yrs ago. 2 hr decant (3762 views)|
| ||Tasted by Genghis88 on 3/29/2015 & rated 91 points: Dark garnet, full bodied|
Dark fruit, plums, chocolate, dried cassis, wet wood, mossy
Nice soft tannins, wet wood, leather, lots of sediment (furry tongue)
Terroir, sweet bell pepper.
WOW!! The wine has improved since the last bottle i consumed. EXCELLENT QPR. I wish I has a couple of cases of this. Empty now. (3344 views)
| ||Tasted by cork breath on 3/28/2015 & rated 93 points: Fantastic. Nice full big flavor (3116 views)|
| ||Tasted by Skibank114 on 3/27/2015 & rated 92 points: I finally couldn't wait any longer to pop my first bottle of this wonderful Bordeaux. It was worth the wait. Wonderful on the nose, nice balance of fruit and tannins, smooth long finish. And that was the first day - second day was even better. Now I will need more patience to enjoy the remaining 5 bottles over the next several years. I would expect this wine to improve over the next few years. I hope my 2010 and 2011 are as well made. (2981 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jmac56 on 3/19/2015 & rated 89 points: Nice notes of earth and leather, still solid tannins, but a thin finish. (3626 views)|
| ||Tasted by Monaco on 2/22/2015 & rated 91 points: Bottle #2 out of a half case purchased from Costco in 2012. I think I'm starting to like this more and more. Certainly more so than the first bottle I drank about a year ago. Very dark and still fully tannic after slow ox for 2 hours. Best on day 2 or 3, when the dark fruit dominates and the tannins soften up. I think I'll continue to drink one each year and see how this continues to evolve. I may ultimately regret not buying more when I had the chance for $17.99! (4006 views)|
| ||Tasted by AACollection on 2/21/2015: K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L Hollywood): Drank this after the 2006 Pape Clement, and I think it suffered by comparison. I think if I drank this earlier, it would have been utterly captivating. Great nose with spice, loads of red fruit, but lacking the complexity of the Pape Clement. Definitely a modern style. Much softer and not nearly as chewy on the finish as the Pape Clement. Still seemed a bit young. (3518 views)|
| ||Tasted by Purple Tooth on 2/21/2015 & rated 92 points: I'm now a believer! A pomerolesque st. Estephe. Reminds me of an adolescent trotanoy. That's saying a mouthful. Drinking really well now and at least another 5 years. Bottled up value for enjoyment by all :-) (3536 views)|
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Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.
St. Estèphe Read more about St. Estephe and its wines Whereas the first activity recorded in Saint-Estèphe goes back as far as the Middle Bronze Age, the first vines date from the Roman Occupation. But it was the Bordeaux merchants who by aging and selling Saint-Estèphe wines themselves were largely responsible for this appellation's fame. And in the nineteenth century, noted for its prosperity, the great estates of today were created. The movement continues today with the merging of small estates.
A land of great wines, Saint-Estèphe is situated almost in the centre of the Médoc, close to the Gironde Estuary. The appellation is equidistant from Bordeaux and the Pointe de Grave.
The beds of soil are characterized by their remarkable diversity, the result of their undulating relief and excellent drainage. Quartz and well-rounded pebbles mingled with light, sandy surface soil are found everywhere, giving the wines a distinctive finesse. And the subsoil is made up of the famous Saint-Estèphe limestone, which outcrops on the west of the commune.
Thanks to ideal conditions of climate and geology, Saint-Estèphe wines are characterized by their sturdy qualities and robust constitution. Accordingly, they can be laid down for a very long time while yet preserving their youth and freshness. Distinguished by a subsoil which is more clayey than that in the other communal appellations which lie by the river, the wine here attains a distinctive individuality : a very rich tannic structure, a fine deep red colour and an exceptional backbone with aromas of great finesse.
Production conditions (Decree dated September 11, 1936):
In order to have the right to the Saint-Estèphe appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Saint-Estèphe, "excluding any parcels in that area which are situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).