(Decanter's Bordeaux '05, '09, '10 tasting) :: Dense, tight, incredibly packed, but wonderfully complex across the spectrum of cassis, berries, earth and mineral tones. Nowhere near ready, but a beautifully complete wine in the waiting.
Really not sure why there are so many rave reviews about this vintage. Yes it is deep purple and does contain a lot of interesting and mesmerizing fruit and spice on the nose which will be first class in about 20 years but tasters should look beyond what is a first growth nose and taste the underlying fruit. What I found was that there was a touch of phenolic unripeness and beyond the immediate fruit there is a touch of greenness and hollowness in the mid-palate. The finish is long but again I worry that there is something missing for the long haul. It certainly is no where close to perfection and I caution readers not to believe the hype that this is a 96-100 point wine.
The 2009 Montrose is an extraordinary wine. A wonderful bouquet of ripe black fruit, scorched earth, cigar ash and soil tones is followed by a wonderfully layered, symmetrical palate impression of incredible depth and richness. While a large-scaled wine, it always seems to be beautifully balanced. What's more, its aromatics and flavors are absolutely textbook ripe vintage Montrose.
Mini vertical of 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Quite open and expressive on the nose, sweeter fruit than both 2010 and 2005. Really opulent and rich. On the palate not too sweet, lots of depth, powerful but ripe tannins, great freshness - really big and massive but impeccably well balanced at the same time. Wonderful finish. Amazing. 96-97+
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