Rich and voluptuous with massive amounts of flavor....apricot, creamy pear, honeysuckle, hot buttered rum spice, match strike.....big, but well balanced and lifted with bright citrus acidity...little heat though on the finish. Might need a few years to calm down...but it's all in there!
While I usually like these after the 10 yr mark...this is probably the best young Marcassin I've had......wonderful balance with the creamy, smoky bright yellow fruits...toasted marshmallow, crushed flint, exotic honey spice....good dose of citrus acidity...all in super balance. Should be even better in 2017!
This came across a little sweeter than the other two in the flight....creamy pear, apple, dried apricot....had a burnt spice to it, some heat, nice waxiness and florals....just a little out of whack and a tad too sweet for me. Not bad, just bested by the other two in the flight.
At first some weird reduction, but turned into a wonderful complexity! Rich and creamy citrus fruits, with tons of fresh sour skin acidity...worked really well with the vanilla, citrus oils, cold tea, crushed stones, and that now slight smoky reduction. Super wine!
Fantastic! In great balance right now, still pretty youthful...ripe raspberry, black cherry fruit...shows deep dark earth spice, forest floor, smoked liqueured berry pie...and well lifted with sour skin acidity and crunchy minerals. Should gain even more.
Creamy and candied raspberry, cherry, creme de cassis....smooth, yet loaded with fresh acidity....nice subtle smoked barrel, tea leaves, cedar spice, purple flowers....was surprised at how much acidity considering the vintage? Nice wine.
Always love this wine...still pretty tight with tannins, yet does give you plenty of dark liqueur berry fruit...to go with dusty graphite, exotic woods, spice, violets. What I really love is, that it's not too sweet...more to the graphite dry side, firm and dark. Drinks well now, but in no hurry.
My first time with this one...very ripe and loaded with sweet fruit and flavors....berry liqueur, creme de cassis....dusty cedar spice, charcoal, pretty florals......but there was some vanilla coconut oak thing that just keep creeping in? Very big on the oak, and the sweetness in the fruit was just too much for me...especially when tasted next to the QC. Still, quite tasty with great feel...just had higher expectations.
Second time in a few months with this wine...it is killer! Ripe port-like nose of wild berry fruit, creme de cassis, flowers galore, gooey chocolate brownies, dusty cedar/white pepper spice, licorice, plum liqueur. Rich and creamy in the mouth...amazing dark liqueur berry fruit...but with tons of structure(barrel spice tannins) in perfect balance...really giving it a nice plush feel! Killer florals and dusty graphite spice...leather, dried raspberries. Amazing stuff!
93% Syrah, 7% Grenache...Huge concentration, pure, kirsch liqueur, wild berry fruit...firm yet giving texture...exotic spice, smoke, white pepper, dark chocolate covered licorice....wonderful florals, plenty of dry spice and crushed rock to go with the huge fruit. Super!
81% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 9% Grenache....still big time tannins here....yet smooth and creamy with the huge glycerin dark berry fruit. Dusty white pepper, oak barrel spice, white flowers, smoked meat, blackberry sour cream pie....wonderful complexities with a silky full bodied feel from the 44mos barrel age.
93% Grenache, 7% Syrah....the grenache really shows here! Very high toned red berry fruit...a little too candied for me...yet with nice pretty florals and dried raspberry, smoke, and chocolate covered blueberries. Might have seemed sweeter to me tasted next to the 44mo and the BR.
Mmmm this was good! Very young and dark still...the perfect ripeness and aged fruit....youthful acidity, plum liqueur, leather, powdery graphite tannins still firm....wonderful complexities of camphor, mint, flowers...very seductive...a sit back wine. Would love some of this in the cellar!
Ahhh, always a fav of mine....good dryness and solid tannins still...raspberry, black cherry, currant fruit...plenty ripe, but not too sweet....dusty graphite tannin, some tart skin acidity, coffee field, mint. Nice firm feeling cab...tasty!