I recently wrote about the 2013 Faithful Hound, so when I caught some of the 2014 on sale, I grabbed a few. Retailing for $18, it’s a good parallel to the Bordeaux style blends that I so truly love. This one has a dark purple complexion, just like it’s older sister. The nose is gorgeous- plums, bramble, chocolate, some oak and a blueberry component. On the palate, much darker fruits than expected. More of the blackberry and currants theme with some violets. The mid palate is bone dry with tannins popping out and caressing the gums. The finish is blackberry, tar and those delightful tannins. The mouthfeel on this wine is great, built for steaks or the pasta with meatballs and sausage I am about to serve. This wine will cellar well, it has al the right components. I really hope it can evolve with secondary flavors like it’s French cousins. Drink till 2025. 90 points and 4 stars for this gem from SA. Salut….
Just a gorgeous dark purple in the glass, it shows promise! On the nose I get lavender, plums, and a remarkable blackberry hint. On the palate I am getting delicious plums, black cherry kirsch and a hint of upfront tannins. As the wine progresses to the mid palate the tannins firm up a touch and the fruit mellows somewhat, indicating youth in this wine. The finish shows off a blueberry component which has me confused. Plums, Blackberry, Black Cherry and now blueberry. It cannot be possible, yet here it is, bathed in very well integrated tannins and just a touch of acidity. This wine is delicious, it really is. My choice was to pair it with Strip Steak, steamed Artichokes and a Cauliflower puree. A perfect match. This wine gets 91 points from and for $45 it is a 4 star effort. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot are the make up of this Bordeaux style wine, which as you know really excites me. Drink till 2022 at the least. Salut….
Dark and brooding in the glass it shows off Blackberry and mint on the nose. The palate is very interesting. Black cherry pie meets blackberries and licorice. The tannins are delightful, packed just right. The mid palate gives off some plum jam but is quickly overriden by the tannins. The finish is decent in length and I am getting charcoal, blackberry and dark cherry notes. A well made wine that has some cellaring potential. We are pairing it with Flank steak and roasted asparagus. 90 points and for $19 is it a 4 star effort. It is a true Bordeaux blend, comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Salut….
In Bordeaux there are certain vintages to look for and each has it’s own drinking window based on that vintage and the quality of the wine. Clos Du Marquis is not the second label of Second Growth Chateau Leoville Las Cases, but is made at the same winery. I mistakenly made that assumption when I first bought it. It’s pedigree shows however. I bought a case of this wine back in 2012 and have been patiently waiting for it to emerge. Wowza, has it ever come to life!
See-through purple in the glass with a tiny amount of sediment showing in the bottle. Cassis, black currants and cedar on the nose. Smooth as all heck intro of black berries, blueberry and cassis. On the mid palate, more layers of currant, blackberry and spice mingling with the delightful tannins. Balanced to within an inch of its life this wine is on pointe and drinking beautifully. From the great 2005 vintage it’s easy to see how this wine would get 93 points and a 5 star rating that has really rewarded my patience. It can still be found for $70. Ps. WS gave it 93, RP only a 91 but had high praise for it’s evolution. I would drink this all by itself, the 13% alcohol being very civilized- but if you wanted to pair it with some beef stew, Osso Bucco or even Coq Au Vin, these would work well. I am looking forward to the rest of this case, spread out over the next 5 years. Salut….
I couldn’t help myself, it was on sale at half off. On opening- it was a see-through purple in the glass with an enticing nose of plum, spice and violets. The palate is ever so slightly subdued but some blueberry, raspberry and vanilla notes come through. There are some nice tannic touches on the mid palate and the finale has some plum torte notes with a touch of oak. There is no overpowering acidity and at 12.5% alcohol I’m thinking this wine will be drunk in short order. It’s soft, alluring and has a slight tannic bite, an easy drinker with some class. I paid $22, on sale. I’m going with 88 points and 3 stars. I believe it is the second wine of Sociando-Mallet. Salut….
I have been sitting on this magnum for quite a few years. I sat it upright a week before Christmas and popped it for the grand occasion. I was immediately greeted with a full nose of aged Bordeaux joy. Cassis, leather, dark fruits and fig compote. The initial attack is rather tannic, in fact- full on. I decided to run the next glass through the vinturi. The fruit is lively and melding with earthy notes, cassis, tobacco and some leather. The dark fruits really come through on the mid palate. I get even balance on the back end and no hint of alcohol (13%) which is interesting as 2003 was a super hot vintage. Many chateau suffered from stewed flavors and short lived wines. This one, from a large format, is just starting out. You can find it for around $65. The pros gave it 91/92. I agree with that and give this wine 5 stars for its complexity, aging capacity and enjoyment factor. I think I have another one waiting in the cellar! Salut….
I bought a case of this many moons ago and have just started to drink the wines of this Bordeaux vintage. The ’01 Leoville Barton I drank before was sublime. The consensus was a 2022 peak, I’m not so sure now, or else I had bottle variation.
Still bright purple but a broken cork and low top fill gave me cause for concern. Classic Bordeaux cassis nose with blueberry and cherry entrance were overshadowed by the fact that the wine was a little thin. Tasty mid palate but it lacked weight. Good acidity and firm tannins. Drink sooner rather than later unfortunately. 89-91 points. 3 stars now but I’m hoping it was a one-off bottle. Salut….
I picked this bottle up at the Napa tasting room, where I joined the club and indulged in tasting just about everything they had. I really enjoy the wines from this winery, they suit my style, budget and usually have enough unique character to set them apart from the thousands of others in the valley. This one was $36 for club members, $45 for the rest. It opens up in the glass and shows off a bright purple color. On the nose- nice plum and blue fruit compote. A nice intro of plum, currant, black cherry and gripping tannins. Acidity is very present and balances the young tannins somewhat. The blend of this wine is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, 9 % Cabernet Franc and the 1 % left is Malbec.
This Bordeaux blend appeals to me greatly and the wine drinks well, albeit young. The mid palate just hit me with some powerful plum essence with a silky touch of flowers, probably the Franc I suspect. The finish is average in length and the tannins simply disappear. I’m thinking this is a shorter term wine with a drinking window of 2016-2020. 91 points from me and 4 stars. Salut….
Yesterday was my birthday and Easter, so Moxie took us all out to our local Melting Pot for some Fondue. I had a quick look at the wine list and immediately knew I was ordering this bottle. I had previously tasted the 2008 Octagon at the vineyard and was impressed, so when I saw a $50 (at retail) bottle selling for only $72 I knew I was getting a great deal at restaurant pricing.
One word. Stunning. On the nose was a mixture of plums, cherries, oak and an earthy note. Dark purple in color. I was excited to taste this one and was not disappointed. A classic Bordeaux blend comprising Merlot, Cab Sav, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. It tasted just like I imagined it would; cassis, plums, dark cherry, earth and a touch of cedary wood. Very smooth and integrated tannins made this an amazing wine to savor and the acidity was so well integrated that I made a note ‘sublime acidity’ on my phone. The wine did not last long as I could not help myself. It went well with all the dishes of cheese, beef, shrimp with curry sauce and chicken cooked in Coq au Vin broth.
Yes, $50 is spendy for a bottle of wine. Take into account the situation, the mood and what you are getting for this 92 point wine that I am giving 5 stars to. I would recommend drinking this wine from 2014-2020, and I reckon it will evolve nicely in that time frame. It was a magical day of Church, Brunch, afternoon nap followed by a great family dinner and this amazing wine was the crowning touch. Salut….