$25, 5 stars, 91 points, Cabernet franc, france, merlot, st. Emilion
A hazy deep ruby color with some staining on the walls and medium to high viscosity legs (14% ABV). On the nose I get classic Bordeaux aromas of cassis, leather, pencil lead, ripe black plum, boysenberry and elderberry. Coffee and dark chocolate with some menthol also come to mind. The palate is dry with medium acidity, medium (+) tannins and a medium (+) body. The brooding dark berry with coffee, licorice and dark chocolate notes are all present alongside some black tea which gives a touch of mid palate astringency. The finish is powerful and long with grippy tannins taking center stage. I have drunk gallons of this delicious Merlot dominant Right Bank wine over the years and am glad to revisit an old friend that runs $25 and gets 91 points from me. Drink this 5 star wine till 2028 with a sizzling steak and some au gratin. Salut….