Bright medium ruby. Bitter cherry, bitter chocolate, black raspberry, violet, shoe polish and mint on the nose. Fat, supple and sweet, with bright, ripe acids giving the primary flavors good definition. No shortage of weight. Finishes with firm, even tannins and very good length.
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By Madison10711395, November 11, 2013
After buying several bottles and drinking one, I bought a few more. Drank another. May yet buy more. At fourteen years this wine seems to be nicely matured but far from senile. Such wines as this might be thought of as a solid, seasoned front line protecting younger wines in the backfield. Or thought of as an admirable person of a certain age, lovely and eminently enjoyable now, but far from the finish line.
Aromatically this is a quintessential Bordeaux. Makes a nice, plush impression on the palate. Still carrying a nice load of fruit and complementary acidity. A pleasing wine in October/November 2013, and likely to remain so for a while.
Anyone looking for an excuse or the means to let younger bottles proceed unmolested along the path to perfection, while drinking nice wine in the interim, will probably be happy to enjoy this during the wait. Wine House should be encouraged to seek out other, similarly evolved but not-dead-yet wines, from unheralded estates and years past, like the '99 Fontenil. Obtaining a nicely mature Bordeaux for under $35 is a deal, and I'll bet there are more out there.
Average rating: 3.33(3 ratings)