The wine is clear and bright with a deep garnet colour and presence of dense legs. The nose is clean and developing, showing medium+ intensity aromas of dark cherries, dark plums, anise, vanilla, cedar, tobacco and cinnamon. The wine is dry in the mouth with a medium+ acidity. It has high soft silky tannins and a medium+ alcohol. It has a full body and medium+ intensity flavours of dark plums, dark cherries, anise, cedar, vanilla and cinnamon. The finish is medium+.
It is an outstanding quality wine with a great complexity provided by well-integrated oak aromas, it has a very good fruit concnetration and finish, it shows typicity and it has a very good overall balance. Can drink now, but it has enough tannic structure and fruit concentration to develop even more complexity and tertiary aromas over the next 4-6 years.
PnP w/3 hour decant. Slight haze, deep dark purple color. Med proper Claret nose. Wine showed very nice at this stage in time. Fully balanced/integrated, med body, good drinking window but has a few years yet. Nothing off. $26.
Fully mature, with a smoke, coffee, black cherry, earth and fennel nose, the wine is soft, round and very easy to drink. This is not going to make old bones. I'd opt for drinking the wine over the next 5 years.
Pop and pour. Consumed at dinner party, so not a detailed closely analyzed note. Served with host's homemade pasta and meatballs (which was really tasty. Thanks Chris). Would not have pegged this as a 2001 as everything was quite full, sweet and voluptuous in a positive way. The nose was full but expressive showing ripe clean fruit with nice minerality in the background. This carried over to the palate as well. Nice fullness upfront accompanied by balancing tannins and acidity on the mid palate. A little bit of depth and complexity. Clean finish with decent length. Nice bottle and paired well with the dinner.
Took a while to show itself - double decanted for four hours, finally showed some nice fruit balanced with earthy mushroomy elements. Nothing really said to me "graves", but this wine will age nicely for a while.
Packed with fresh youthful fruit that seems remarkably ripe and sweet for an '01 Bordeaux, though it's offset by savoury earthy and smoky elements that emerge with a little time in the decanter. Nicely balanced with fairly gentle tannins, drinking well now though I imagine there's still some time ahead.
Youthful garnet. Silky red fruits mixed with graphite, wet tobacco and oak spice. Comes together nicely in a rather complex whole. Nice body, a silky wine that is drinking very well today. Missing a bit of depth but a very nice wine that cost a song. (91)
Opened 3 bottles of a 6 bottle purchase. Stored perfectly since release. Very nice. Leather and cassis on the nose. Dark red and dense looking. Slightly tannic; otherwise well-balanced and surprisingly youthful with nice body and texture. If well-stored, another 3-5 years easy and worthwhile.
Nose : blackcurrent, blackberry, cigarbox and tobacco. Hints of liquorice, smooth leather. In the mouth, fragrances match the nose. tannins are still powerfull, but smooth overall. Fruit flavours are very fresh, tannins and acidity brings slience and balance. The finale is long, dominated by tobacco and leather flavours. The wine appears still young with good aging potential. Nice, but not typical from Graves, since the distinctive minearlity is elusive.
Nose:(wonderful), funeral flowers, dairy barn Palate: DRRRRRRRYYYYY!!!!! WHOO! strawberry, elderberry, hay barn, oak, dusty, a little hammy, with some smoke element Finish:hard aged cheese, long flavorful finish Yum! Too bad my brother in law dropped a bottle on the full decanter and smashed it all over the desk. This tasting note is a product of our efforts to gather and strain the remnants that were pooled in the broken fragments. Well worth $30 a bottle.
Saturday night - steaks with Karl and John - had 2 2001 bottles out - and John brought a 3rd - unplanned. Enjoyed Haut Bergey, Aida and John brought Hartwell Stags Leap. Of the 3 bottles, for me the Aida was wine of the night. Hartwell was nice - and perhaps would have shown beter if it had been open a while longer. Both the Bergey and the Aida had a 1 hour head start on the Hartwell.
picked up 7 at a closeout price of$28 each. my last bottle, back in 05 was nice. had to revisit it. seemed a little closed. after an hour it did start to open up. still think this has more to go with a few more years. No rush to drink at this point.
Very tight on opening.. Decanted 2 hours, what a change. Very Pure cab, vibrant blueberries and red fruits with hints of earth on a med-large scale structure. The tannins and acidity are well balanced on a very pretty finish.
Light bodied with plenty of fruit, flinty-edge, light acid and perhaps some hidden tannin. Weird combination of vanilla-fruity and grassy, as if the cab and merlot are not integrated. At six hours, this is just not working for me. I wouldn't try it again without a few years, but I don't have the experience to know if that will fix it. [24 hours] Opens and integrates somewhat, and you get the blueberry-tar flavors. Reminds me a lot of a mid-range Rioja.
Out to Cafe Monet with Geri and Michael. Wine was good, but not alot going on - just good - nothing more. Cafe has slipped considerably - don't know if we'll go back. New staff out front - young kids (for the summer?) - no trace of the "adults". One of two bottles drunk at dinner.
It has taken awhile to coax the flavors out of it, but I stand by my first impression of this wine. After an initial shyness on both the nose and palate, it has slowly developed a nice cherry flavor in the mouth, with some tell-tale Graves positive traits. My impressions are almost identical the second time around: Not a real exciting wine, but definite quality here, elegant with a nice finish. Definitely a buy at $26, I'm enthusiastically buying another case. I'm not getting excessive oak, Patrick. Rating: 90 points.
Thank you to Ramon for recommending this wine to me. It is the type of wine I would never have identified but for Bordeaux Wine Enthusiasts. I've been forcused lately on getting more Graves into my cellar. This wine has everything in place. It is a precisely made effort. It developed beautifully during the course of the evening. Not the excitement level of an Haut Brion or Smith Haut Lafitte, but at $26.00 this is one of the best QPRs I've seen in a while. I will buy another case, let it sit for about five more years, then drink it over the next five years after that. It is medium-bodied, with a pure ruby/purple color and earthy notes on the palate that developed with dinner. Still some tannins to resolve but this is a beauty... immensely superior to anything from California at the same price level. It will get even better in another four to five years. Rating: 90 points.
Very typical smokey Pessac Leognan with over-ripe, fleshy dark cherry and some smoky blackcurrant Cab fruit. Nicely balance, with impressive concentration, and well-balanced tannins. This voluptuous beauty is drinking very well right now. Not as complex as a Smith Haut Lafitte or as refined as a Haut Bailly, but great fun with no obvious errors.
Tasting note from 2nd day...left bottle corked on counter. Nose of cassis, black currant and leather. Beautiful dried black cherry, currant and tobacco leaf flavors. Wonderful the day before...even better on day 2.
(at Zuni Café – SF) Berry fruit mixed with a distinct smoke element. Not as round as I remember – somewhat acidic yet not really fresh. Seems to be in a weird stage. OK, but not great. No where near past bottles. (13.5)