88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2004
($105-$130; bottled in September of 2003) Bright red-ruby. Superripe aromas of currant, leather, tobacco and earth. Fat, sweet and full, with an almost truffley ripeness. The most exotic and surmuri of the four vintages of this wine made to date, but at the expense of some of its freshness. Finishes with major ripe tannins.
Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.
Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon... Read More »
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