September 28, 2021 - A touch of Brett in this bottle. Too much to judge.
September 10, 2021 - Consistent with previous tasting notes.
November 1, 2020 - Great wine, open directly and developed fine. maybe just a tiny bit thin to get my full attention.
October 28, 2020 - Consistent with previous tasting notes.
February 17, 2020 - There is much to like here. The wine offers a noble bouquet of aromas that includes ripe black cherries, bay leaves, and black truffles. On the palate, the wine is weighty and intense, leaving a sensation that my mouth is coated with pigments. I like the wine's rich, chocolate-y mouthfeel -- so typical of merlot. This wine is balanced and expressive now, but I think I will enjoy it more as it softens with age. The thick, lip-smacking fruit is currently a bit too intense for me.
I don't drink all that much Bordeaux due to my sense that it's overhyped and thus overpriced. But maybe I have it all wrong. I bought this wine at ten years old for $40/bottle. That seems like a bargain.
December 16, 2019 - Consistent with previous notes 3.5 years ago. This is no more accessible now than it was then, bringing a closed palate with grainy, thick tannins. The floral nose is outstanding and on entry you get scattered hints of loaded red and black currant with cherries, chocolate, tobacco, and coffee, but it’s ultimately elusive. Polished style. Drink 2022-2028. Technical score: 91. Enjoyment score: 90.
September 20, 2019 - With a floral edge to the sweet cherries, the wine is mature, elegant, soft and fresh. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins, spice and herbs. This is perfect for enjoying now and over the next decade.
May 7, 2019 - Same as before. Needs a bit to open up, but then, WOW!
April 14, 2019 - Delicious with lots of fruit and chalky tannins. Balanced and ready to go with 2 hours of air but probably has more to offer for those who have the patience to wait.
April 10, 2019 - Consistent with my earlier tasting notes - this is slowly beginning to emerge and show what lies ahead, with a classic mix of cedar, currants, and cigar, but we are very much in the early stages of drinkability. This bottle was pop and pour, and really should have been decanted for at least three hours, but even so, I'm looking forward to future bottles.