Deep crimson to ruby color. Aromas of dark fruit, smoke, and light herbs. Medium to full body, pretty bright acidity, and medium+ finish. Flavors of dark red, black, and blue fruit, along w/ a complicating note of smokey oak. Enjoyed it after dinner tonight, but would be good w/ a grilled steak. Tannins are moderate--it's approachable now even on the pop, but I think can go 2-5 more years.
08 Château Teyssier is the entry level offering from the enigmatic Jonathan Maltus. Produced from a myriad of different plots, this wine, 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc from mostly sandy soils, will benefit from early drinking. Elegantly styled, with black fruit, herbs, and oak, the wine finishes with soft textures and ripe, dark berries. 88-91 Pts