Loads of woody tannins up-front upon opening, but in 30 min this becomes extremely balanced, cigar box, baseball field dirt (slid head first enough to know what that tastes like), dark cherry, and a creamy silky textured finish. This is quite good, but honestly not worth the money. Drinks well now, I'd drink up over the next several years.
Retirement lunch at Cap Grille for my dear friend Laura on January 7th... Wine opens with subtle nose, classic Margaux accents, vanilla, cherry and leather she comes together making a wonderful pairing with our lamb chops and porterhouse steak. She loses some intensity as the hours drag, I'd consume the next bottle within an hour or so. Decent length, but nothing close to her big sister. You can tell it's Margaux, but i'd say Margaux light. I found their 2009 third wine a better value and far better potential than this Pavillon. Not to say it's bad at all, just better than most second wines, and probably a bit expensive for what it is.
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