Dark crimson red with slight pinkish rim. This wine has an expressive nose, dark fruits, licorice, incense, stone and meat. Though notes on the palate does not back up the initial aromatic goodies, there's red cherry liquer, spice and faint dry leather. Tannins are prominent and appear to be rather dry, in the finish there's cherry, smoke and dried wood. The wine is not bad, but does not seem to be truly balanced, and at times rather strong sense of heat near the back end. Additional ageing may help.
Drank alongside the 2009 Lanessan. On opening this has an offensive dirty bathroom odor which made me worry that this bottle was flawed. This blows off after 30-60 minutes and became quite muted overall. A couple hours later this opens up into something quite nice, with some blackberry fruit but mostly secondary flavors coming into play, with leather, tobacco, and earthiness. Nice balance and the tannins have become very smooth in comparison to the 2009. Day 2 - still fresh and no sign of going over the hill - bodes well for a long life. Smooth and lovely, fairly light and elegant while having some deep dark flavor.
didnt decant and it was great right after uncorking. slight barnyard nose with hints of flint. Light red fruit (raspberries?) up front then chased by solid mineral, acidity and finished with tamed tannins
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(Chateau Lanessan) Good stuff. Cheap B2K, hands down, are the best values for Cabernet based wines in the marketplace today. I could not believe how rich, sophisticated and complex this wine was for all of $15.99 a bottle. Astounding. Nose of cassis, red cherry skins, cocoa powder, minerals, earth, redcurrants. Gorgeous high-toned nose. Bright, juicy, ripe & rich on the palate with red cherry, cassis and great mineral complexity on the finish. Does not hit you over the head with its' power but this is an elegant gorgeously delineated wine with surprising complexity. This will age too.
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