I have committed wine infanticide again. Way too young and a shame to waste a decent bottle of wine. From the Entre Deux Mers Appelation in Bordeaux comes this Merlot based wine. It was very subdued on the nose, giving few hints of what was to come. I have found many clarets tend to go through a ‘dumb’ phase and go into hibernation. I believe that to be the case here. On the palate, hiding behind a cloak of mouth coating tannins was a very smoky plum component with some graphite. Blueberry and Vanilla flavors came along after the bottle had been opened for a while. Good acidity coupled with the tannins make this wine cellar-worthy I would not even approach it again until 2015. I believe this to be a well made wine that I got for $17, but right now it is not giving pleasure. Technically speaking it could be an 89 point wine, but I am going to give it 3 stars. If you can get some bottles to lay down, I am sure it will turn out to be a treat. If I were at home, I would have run it through the Vinturi, trying to coax the fruit out one way or another. Salut….