Merlot dominated Bordeaux that is at its peak. Pop and pour this was showing nice fruit with some medium acidity and smooth tannins on the finish. I paid around $23 for these about 5 years ago. Drink now or over the next few years.
Nice little wine. Very appealing dark cherry fruit, some savory notes, not very tannic, with medium body, very good balance and moderately long finish. Good, persistent fruit throughout, this wine leans more on elegance than brute force. If I had a criticism, it would be that it seemed a bit light on its feet, or slightly dilute on the palate.
Decanted for about 20 minutes before drinking. A touch of pencil lead on the nose along with dark berries. Decent concentration and acidity, with a lot of life still left. I guessed it was a 2009 left-bank wine when tasting blind. This was the last of our 8 bottles, and probably the best so far. I would say it'll continue to improve over the next few years. Nice wine for the price. Looking back at my earlier tasting notes I see how this wine has changed over the years--from vanilla and blueberry to something much more Bordeaux like, with good balance, astringency, and tobacco--although not very long or complex.
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