This is a nice little Bordeaux that needs an hour or so in the decanter. On opening, chalky limestone notes overlie classic basic level merlot-based Bordeaux both on the nose and palate. The fruit fleshes out a bit with time in the decanter. Toes the line between classic and modern and should appeal to most anyone who likes Bordeaux. Finish relatively short. No big flaws, and very interesting with the strong limestone character presumably coming from its soil, but this is otherwise not particularly special. Very good as Bordeaux go in the $16-20 range. I don't think there's enough stuffing for this to benefit from age but the tannins would suggest it could go another 2-3 years before falling off.
Very plush feeling on the medium to full body. If tasted blind I would have guessed a CA merlot as this is in the new world style. Jammy dark plum and red cherry. Dry tannins with a bit of black pepper spice on the back end. Finish drops off too quick for my liking. A nice wine for the money.
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