Heat on the finish subsides with more time in the glass. It's dark in color and rich in expressions of dark stone fruit and woodsy in profile. This had been sitting on a shelf, in a wine shop, since release. I wonder how proper storage would have altered the profile?
Unbelievable power for a Merlot. Deep, dark berry color, abundant fruit on the nose and through the palate. Well integrated tannins and acidity. The one fault is the extreme heat, even with the wine near the end of its apparent drinking window. Still, a very enjoyable experience.
I agree with another reviewer that the slight heat you get on this prevents it from going to a '93' for me, but overall this was a great bottle of wine and excellent QPR - Black, full bodied with a nose of black fruit, plum, cedar, mocha, spice and vanilla, nicely made, good integration with a touch of heat, fruit forward intensity, powerful, sweet, velvety smooth on the palate with terrific length, very tasty! (92 Points).
Clear mid ruby color. The nose is clean, with medium intensity, sweet red ripe fruit, alcohol a bit apparent, milk chocolate hints, jamy, developing.
The wine is dry, medium body, medium intensity, high alcohol (15%) and medium acidity, tannins medium+ but velvety and round, juicy, oilyt texture, warm feeling due to alcohol, milk chocolate,plum, black cherry, sweet oaky mid+ finish.
Very good wine, premium price, drinkning now but could age further.
a garnet, almost inky merlot. Her legs are some what slow. Aromas of Blackberry, Prune, Plum, Dust, Espresso, Cedar, Vanilla, and Chocolate. I taste Blackberry, Prune, and Espresso in a medium body with a smooth texture and a medium finish.
Chockful of fruit: cherries, cassis. No signs of ageing. Also mocca, chocolate notes. Too high on alcohol, almost port, medium tannins & acidity. Medium length. Drinks very nicely, despite the alcohol.
Deep ink red with purple hue. Earthy nose with some fruits and alcohol. Initial attack is coarse, over-extracted core, mid palate is bitter, dry and unbalanced, green herb, a bit heavy in weight, hint of dark fruits, peppery, and an unimpressive finish with lots of bitterness. Agreed with previous reviewer - nothing exciting, nothing to write home about it. An average wine.
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Wouldn't have guessed it was a merlot. Had the pepper of a syrah. This was much better chilled down to about 59 degrees. Paired well with both a ham and swiss chard soup and then with a jalepeno chocolate afterwards. Would definitely drink again for $18.
Decant for 1 hour. Very dark red in color. Dark fruit, plum and chocolate aroma. Definate blackberry and black cherry, chocolate and tobacco. Strong tannins. Acid and alcohol are held in check. Full body with medium finish.
Dark, slightly cooked plum fruit and dark chocolate, spicy herbal notes, very tannic still and very alcoholic with lots of heat on the finish. As others have mentioned this is not a very typical Merlot. Lacking balance and could win from further ageing as long as the fruit doesn't fade. - 86 points
popped and put thru vinturi into decanter for 2 hrs. wow. nose of dirt that jumped outta glass. inky inky deep purple color. taste of in ur face dark fruit, blackberry with boatloads of chocolate and spice. real nice. definitely got some strong tannins, which caight me off guard. decent but not great finish. good for a cheapie.
Still young. Needs a lot of air at the moment to become balanced. It was best on day 2 after being in the glass for about half an hour. I think this should be at its best in 2-3 years. There's a good structure and a lot of stuffing.
RUSSK Just vinturied, with no decanter time. Mild nose and acid. A bit hot (14.5%). Almost savory, saltier than sweet. No objectionable tanins or bitterness. Not generous or aromatic. Unless it improves in the decanter, I would not buy it again for $30 or event $20.
Strawberry on the nose, with hint of chocolate on the finish, tannins medium. Got better after several hours and even better the next day. Perhaps this needs more time in the cellar, but I believe this was produced to be consumed near term.
Very dark purple in color. The nose is spice box, cedar and black fruit. Across the palate this wine has a lot going on. Plumb and currant fruit lead the way with anise, black pepper and dark chocolate notes following at the end. The tannins are still big and linger on the finish but will lay down with a little more bottle time.
2009 LVMH Tasting at Elway's Cherry Creek (Denver, CO): I sure wish they would tone down the oak profiles on this Alexandre lineup. 85% Merlot with the balance Carmenere, this saw 11 mos in 40% new French oak. A dark ruby core with espresso roast, black and blue fruits and some cream. Fairly tannic right now, it's worth revisiting in a year to see if it's integrated some.
Crystal Premium Chilean Wines Thematic Tasting (Crystal Wines): Overoaked on french barrels. This smells like a woodshed with wood shavings all over and hits you like with a wooden plank. It took me a while to find one small round blackberry buried under the wood shavings. However, palatewise, it was mostly black fruits with blueberry pie. Quite thick tannins but not exactly viscous.
Maroon color. Nose of rich blackberry, pencil shavings, mushroom, and toasted oak. Sweet blackberry and currant on the palate with wet leather, graphite, and dark bitter chocolate. Beautiful structure with moderate dusty tannins and enough acidity to keep things focused. A little peppery heat on the finish. Very nice wine. Needs some time to breathe.