Ruby red color. Nose of earthy forest floor, mushrooms and hints of vanilla. Red cherries and wood accents on the palate leading to a short to medium finish. Not a bad wine by any stretch and a pretty good value for the price. A weekday wine that I plan on consuming remaining bottles over next year or two.
The Belle-Vue is a dark purple-ruby. The composition is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot. Although the nose is slightly muted, with time come faint aromas of wild cherries, roasted herbs, lillies, and soiled straw. Rich, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. The blackfruits glisten on the palate, accompanied by kirsch and vanilla. Nice balance and integration. 13% abv. Extraordinary value! Drink or hold.
Much nicer bottle than the 2006, but not quite in the class of the 2009. This was balanced in black fruit, tannin and acid, totally smooth and not overtly dense. The aromatics however was quite muted and tight. The taste was savory and delightful. Again for $10.50 (inc $2.00 shipping) this is a QPR bargain for everyday drinking with dinner in my books.
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