This wine has come a long way since my last bottle in 2013. It is earthy with a good dose of underlying fruit. The color is deep ruby with a tinge of brick color at the rim. The nose shows ink, mushroom, cherry, and mineral notes. The palate starts with ink, forest floor, chocolate, black pepper and spices, followed by plum, cherry, licorice, and vanilla. The slightly bitter/sweet tannins is very pleasant and the low acidity does not distract. It is drinkable now but it could stay in the cellar for a few more years. Excellent QPR.
Solid core of beautiful Merlot fruit, dark plums and cassis, forest floor and violets. A serious deep violet color that nears ink grade darkness. Silky smooth tannins started to gain some grip with air time, but went back to the silkiness on day 2. Decent finish, sweet tannins, but lower ABV than other over ripe Right Bank blend.
This is such a pure expression of Merlot in the St. Emilion area, without a whole lot deducted for the budget price and BS designation. I know its young and dark, deep fruit drives this, but the silky mouth coating tannin showed that the wine and juice was of great quality. In a year where many over-ripe Merlot about, this wine keeps its ABV at 14.0%. Thats on the lower side for the vintage, and while the wine is dry, their are some sweet tannin notes, but not like the kool-aid ones from many other Right Bank blends. Classy job done at a budget. If you enjoy silky Merlot, then this one is a good short term daily drinker.
Drinking better as a youngster than I might have expected. Not particularly fruit, and perhaps lacking some weight given the vintage, but the fluffy minerally tannin asks up for this. Clearly from a lesser AC but a good example of what could easily be a generic wine.
Dark red, mauve in colour. Cedar, tobacco on the nose. Cassis and green pepper, fairly well balanced, some lush dark fruit bit hidden by the drying tannins - finishes fairly fresh and clean. Very young. Saved a glass for day 2, much more mellow, tannins and intensity gone and the wine was much less interesting. Drink soonish.