A big brooding wine that has a long life ahead of it. Nicely dark colour on the pour, very evident this is a serious wine. On the nose, the alcohol is medium and the wine brings you nice forest floor, tar, and red fruits; tannins are a little on the high side which given the quality of this vintage, is exactly where you want them to be. Finish is strong, 30 second +. I have always found this producer to be so talented, the French pedigree combined with ripe California fruit is just always a consistent winner. Even though this is not a single vineyard wine, any collector should be happy to have it in their cellar. The score will almost certainly improve with age.
Dinner purchase; decanted throughout a 90 minute meal. Surprisingly approachable for a young wine, displaying silky tannins and a well balanced mouthfeel culminating in a strong finish which held up to a grilled duck breast and beef tenderloin. Elegant and classy with raves from all. Philippe Melka is a top notch producer.
Color: deep purple fading to a core of black. Nose: youthful, plush black plum, red currant, cassis, spice box, and a bit of wood, Fresh and inviting, tightly knit upon opening, but softened/opened after some time. Very enjoyable upon giving it some air. Would love to see it in about 2 hours. Palate: loads of creme de cassis, sweet fruit, sweet wood, well integrated, and low acidity. Not linear at all, but it has great focus and purity. Nice sourcing as you can tell this comes from a nicely maintained vineyard. Not at all a beast of a wine, but still young, but can use some time to develop. In fact, seeing this bottle with some age on down the line would be great. Finish: quite nice and long. Very enjoyable. I think it has 12-18 years of life. I also believe that at $50, this is a great reference point for the price point, pedigree, origin and style. Very stylish.
*note* not 'scored/rated', as I personally represent these wines in the marketplace.
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