Off the wine list at Heritage in Omaha, decanted immediately and consumed over 2 hours. Nose: Medium plus expressiveness, black and blue fruit - black berry and blueberry, Asian spice, tobacco, and leather. Palate: Medium-full bodied, spicy blue and red fruit attack - blueberry and raspberry, good acidic balance through the mid-palate, tobacco and earthy notes balance the the up front fruit and spice. Finish: Youthfulness shows on the back-end through the finish as gripping tannins dominate which shorten the finish noticeably. Given time, 5+ years, this should be drinking marvelously, though it is quite enjoyable now.
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(Château Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) The blend this year is Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 30% with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot 6% each. Aromatically this wine feels more open and expressive than the Barton, but exotic too, with very perfumed fruit. What follows on the palate is very impressive, with great richness, huge density, very creamy and polished, and certainly substantial. But gosh, the tannins here are absolutely massive, charcoaly, dense and the extraction here hasn't been reined in one bit, If anything, it has been pushed to the absolute limit. This gives the wine much more weight than Léoville-Barton. In all honesty the tannins have a dark and chewy style which feels just too worked. A striking character here, very impressive but not very harmonious. This will need decades in the cellar, and will give years of difficult drinking along the way. It is a remarkable wine, but will the fruit outlive the tannin? I certainly have my doubts.
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