This was one of the more enjoyable Bordeaux I've had in awhile, despite my California-leaning palate and only 13% ABV. Smooth yet chalky tannins, and this went well with food. A bit lacking in fruit for my wife's palate, but I found this well balanced. Aromas and flavors of bramble, leather, tea, and spice. Just enjoyable. Me - 91, Wife - 89.
Dark ruby, mild nose of rose, black fruit, with a mild dose of earthiness and minerality. Smooth and soft, this wine is ready to drink. Not sure how much it will age but most likely won't fall off for a year or two.
Sexy, opulent, but structured Merlot-dominant blend, with a tiny bit of modern Left Bank character and depth that allows it to transcend the varietal boundaries and avoid simply monolithic grandeur. This is as good as it gets under $100. from Pomerol.
The bottom line: this wine has gusto with a good deal of longevity to carry it through for at least five more years. The color is a deep ruby with a tinge of brown at the rim. The nose is a bit tight showing leather, raw meat, violet, and dark berries. The palate boasts cherry, dark berries, and licorice but the fruit is not overbearing. Add to that black pepper, mushroom, some violet, and green pepper. What makes it for me is the hint of bitterness, the well balanced acidity, and the firm yet silky tannins that give the wine gusto. Enjoy it with a nice piece of grilled meat. An excellent companion to a well-seasoned pepper steak.
Found this to be a little mondern in that it was a fruit driven wine. Dark cherry / cassis with a little leather. Everything was nicely put together but the nose was a little tight and overall not real complex. Solid at the $30 I recently paid for it. Will hold my other ones for a while to see if anything shakes out.
This wine was suburb with aromas of loam, burning embers and cherry. The palate had flavors of game, cherry and a touch of smoke. Decanted for 4 hours then drank over the next 2 with rib eyes. Went very well although the blistering Summer heat had me sweating like crazy. Well worth it and should continue to age nicely. The 98 I had a year or two ago was drinking great!
Clipped, odd, herbal, vegetal, it didn't have typical TCA-induced aspects but there's no way this was sound. Had already decanted it and kept hoping negative notes would blow off, but by the time I was done waiting I just didn't have the energy to pour it back in the bottle and attempt to return it, which I really should have done.
Decanted for 1H. Very sexy nose of blueberries, strawberries, leather, and toasty oak. It has improved significantly since my last bottle 04/25/2012. It would merit a 93 if the mid pallet had a little more fat to it. It is definitely coming together. A very nice sexy Pomerol for under $50 bucks.
After a series of three Napa cabs, I thought this would show terribly but I was very wrong! This had almost as much fruit as the Napas ahead of it, but came with unmatched elegance and precision. I thought it was very open, albeit still somewhat primary and a touch simple at this stage. Lots of cool blueberries dominated the palate. Nice clean finish. This was loved by everyone and was the clear winner on a good night at Peter Lugers. Solid A-
Very nice smooth tannins, but I agree with others here that this is still too young. The palate has some earthy tobacco and leather notes, but everything seems a bit tight and muted. I'll revisit in 6 months to a year.
Pop and pour. Very interesting nose. Detected some menthol/mint in the background. Nice earth component. Very tight though. Extremely velvety midpalate and fairly tannic finish. Decent length. Ended up using the centellino to aerate after an hour or so. Opened up a bit more but still could use a good 3-5 yrs as I would expect this to improve with age. VN pomerol. Would rebuy at the $20 that i paid at Auction on WC.
Popped and aired for half an hour. Ample, rich, ripe nose. Medium body. Good grip. Lovely black currant. This is a lovely wine from this formidable year. Very nice for a bourgeois Pomerol and I´m sure it will improve over the years to come.
This really is a beautiful wine. Definite blackberry, licorice, tea and oak, with a little touch of earth and leather. It's a complex wine that's incredibly well balanced, with just the right acidity and tannins to make it feel vibrant and alive through the strong finish. Amazingly velvety and textured for a 2005 - particularly since it was just released in early March. No doubt this will get better with age, but certainly a great wine now - I can only imagine what it would taste like if decanted for an hour or so before drinking.