2015 Carnival Breeze Cruise Wines (Somewhere in the Caribbean): Simply beautiful. This wine is drinking at peak right now and I found this to be the best bottle yet. I can't believe how much better this is drinking now than a few years ago, when it was just "good". The nose was utterly captivating. I am happy to have saved a few bottles. Drinking well after a splash decant.
Wine tasting with 10 others. Opened, decanted back into the bottle left for 2 hours. It is very good. Nice and smooth and full of cigar box and blackcurrants. Very enjoyable and very nice and most people agreed. 92 Points
Opened, decanted back into the bottle left for 2 hours and drank over 3 hours. It is very good. Drank it alongside a 98 Lynch Bages and this wasn't as good. It was very smooth and full of cigar box and blackcurrants. Very enjoyable and very nice but the Lynch Bages was a couple of points ahead of it. 92 Points
Very good, unfortunately I was a tad worse for wear so it is very difficult to post some objective notes. It was very nice and subtle with everything in place, everyone else enjoyed it also. I have 5 more bottles and will drink another soon. 90 points
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(Pavillon Rouge) Cardboard was the first thing that I noticed in the nose of the 2004 Pavillon Rouge du Margaux, in the best way possible and not in a corked way, I should add. Coffee, roasted nut and cassis were all secondary, with pinches of earth blending into the coffee. Tertiary aromas of cedar and fir spice emerged in this round and tender wine. The palate was earthy with that gout de terroir, possessing candle wax flavors and a very dry finish, typical of the vintage. I remembered this wine being more impressive at the winery, but then again doesn’t it always taste better there? Gil insisted that the white was so good, it knocked down the ’04 a notch or two.
(Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux) Medium cherry red color; focused coffee and graphite nose; tasty, focused, coffee and tart cherry palate with minerality and plush mouthfeel; medium finish 91+ pts. (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc)
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