Unknown how long this was opened. My wife brought 1/2 a bottle home from a weekend with the gals. Very strong scents of leather and tobacco. The tobacco and leather combine on the palate to show some age, though there's still some fruit and freshness showing. Minerality and dryness show themselves as well. We had 2 bottles open tonight and this didn't hold up to the 09 Auclair Left Blend but it is a very nice wine, especially for the price.
Not sure I understand the ratings here. This is a hugely concentrated wine for the price point. It's a dry well-balanced Bordeaux blend that one would have to part with $60+ to find a California comparable. The wine admirably showcases Red Mountain terroir. It is purple in color and very young on the palate. It tastes like a 55/45 Old World/New World Bordeaux blend. The fruit is attractive, but the tannins are big, tight and chewy. This wine will easily age for 3+ years. Is it the most complex wine or will it be? No. But it is a huge wine with strong Old World tendencies - minerality - good balance, and chunky tannins. May rate higher with age. I would drink this any day of the week and twice on Sunday over the Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon or Walter Clore Red of the 2005 vintage. It is better balanced, it tastes better, and it's very concentrated. At $25...buy all you can find and open a bottle every six months to see how it develops. Those that enjoy New World blends which pay homage to the Old World won't be disappointed! Best retail Red Mountain value I've tasted hands down.
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