December 16, 2018 - Lutefisk and BYO: Blind. dark berries, a hint of smoke, minerals, meaty; abundant tannin, high maturity to the fruit, violent structure, lots of stuffing, dark berries. Utterly promising. Guessed left bank.
July 21, 2018 - Ripe, voluptuous and welcoming. Floral, secondary aromatics jumping. Quite delicious.
January 13, 2018 - Very young still. Slow ox for 3 hours into wide decanter for 2 hours which needed. Nose of perfume with dark fruit and earth. Last glass was the best and where finish was prominent. Best in 3 years to 10 years.
August 16, 2017 - Delicious despite being tremendously young - strangely it was not too young to enjoy. It has a lovely bright, deeply perfumed nose of dark chocolate and berries. I love the intensity and concentration, but the acidity and balance allow this to be accessible now.
August 6, 2017 - Appearance: Bright and clear, it is medium ruby in color, with thin garnet rims and legs.
Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of black fruit of cassis, blackberry, dark cherries and ripe plum, oak notes of cedar, sweet spice of mixed herbs, mineral notes of earth, kernel notes of chocolate, maturity notes of tobacco. The wine is developing.
Palate: Dry with medium acidity, the wine has medium (+) tannin of ripe and velvety texture, medium alcohol, full body and medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit of blackcurrant, blackberry and dark cherries, maturity notes of sweet tobacco, sweet spice of mixed herbs, oak notes of cedar. The wine has a medium (+) finish.
Conclusion: Very good quality Pomerol which is still fairly young from the nose, with good intensity and complex aromas, though there are signs of development yet it is not demonstrating its full potential. On the palate it shows great elegance, well-balanced with a robust structure of full-bodied wine, good concentration and a fairly long finish as well. Overall it is not yet at its peak but showing the promising elements for a great wine, ready to drink now but benefit from further ageing of another 3-5 years.
June 16, 2017 - Still a baby. Tightly wound for most of the night, but at times showed some of its promising future. On the nose, there were ripe plum and blackberry, enveloped with sous bois, Provencal herbs, truffle, iron, and dark chocolate. Again though, it took some work to coax this from the glass. Velvety on the palate, with a full mouthfeel. Still has some edges to soften. Very impressive concentration. Could use a bit more freshness on the finish, but the flavors linger on nicely.
June 1, 2017 - Alfresco dinner w old wines and young - Princeton Wine Crew and special guest Jamie Leahy of Marston Vineyards (Chez Walker - Princeton, NJ): Last of the Bdx for the evening, this one contributed by Jamie. Slow-oxed for about 2 hours before drinking. My first experience with this wine.
Inky purple color. Nose showed dark fruits, olive, truffles...Smooth palate of dark cherry, cassis, herbs, charcoal. Secondary notes of olives, licorice. Texture was really smooth - I think this was 80% Merlot... Full bodied and rich bdx. Long and layered finish.
This is in a good spot now, though still showing more primary characteristics, guessing this will continue to evolve in the bottle for some time. Would be good to check in on this again in a few years
May 19, 2017 - Occasional dinner group: Riesling GG and Top Pomerol (@ Zarzo): Last red of the evening and unfortunately not so many notes. Classical bouquet with earthy flavors and black berries. Same on the palate. Firm acidity and healthy, powerful tannin. 94+ for tonight.
September 18, 2016 - Enjoyed Over lunch, after around 1 hour in the decanter. Dark cherry, truffle, mushroom, note of mint on the nose, velvet mouthfeel, great density, luxurious and rich Cabernet franc, tannins still there but smooth hinting at further potential and development to come. Med-long finish. Overall a very nice wine and a good vintage of VCC. However, I am not sure if this will ever rank alongside the great vintages of this estate.
July 12, 2016 - Silky, lush, polished and fresh, the wine is starting to take on secondary qualities with its truffle, rose, dark chocolate, earth, cherry, smoke and licorice essences. The tannins are so ripe now, you can drink this today, else, wait another 5 years for even more development.