Earth, cedar wood, lead pencil, black licorice, cassis and blackberry open the nose. On the palate, the wine is polished, the tannins are soft, but the concentration and complexity found in the top vintages is not available. The wine is also shutting down and needs to be cellared, like any good vintage of Montrose for at least 8-10 years.
Mini vertical of 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Good nose, primary fruit, some smoky oak. Very firm and almost hard tannins, lacking a bit of depth in comparison. Coming across a little lean. Needs time. 89-90+(+)
Just limited notes. A mouth full of wine, but still so much too young. Good cassis but also green bell pepper impressions. Firm acidity and tannin. Not really something to love right now, but give it time. Around 2025 or later it will probably fall into place. The 2009 or even the 2008 were quite easy to like in their young stage, but this 2012 will need some more time. Not as great as recent great vintages, but I trust this will be a lovely wine when given enough ageing. Try around 2025 to see what it offers by then. 89 - 92+
From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine sported deep colors. Earth, coffee, stone and blackberry notes require effort to find. Cassis and black fruits share the stage with minerality and a tannic backbone. With time, this should come together nicely. 91-93 Pts
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