Further evidence that name and terrior are not everything, and you have to be careful when buying Bordeaux, lest you pay too much for a decent, but not stellar wine. Stopping by a local wine bar in Atlanta after jumping on a plane to address some client problems (I WILL NOT mix business with blog) I sampled a few of their upper end selections in the "hearty to full bodied" category, including this St. Estephe.
Just the color your expect a nice Bordeaux to be, the soft ruby red of this wine is mirrored in its nose -- not overpowering, but subtle berry flavors that honestly could be more refined but are pleasing nonetheless. On the tongue the wine displays a softness that makes it attractive, and the cherry and blueberry flavors come across with the brilliance of a claret, but seem to be one dimensional. The finish is long and slightly hot -- more evidence that the wine is not well integrated.
This, like many of its ilk, is definitely a food friendly wine. I would be happy drinking it with roast duck or with veal in a red wine sauce.
Overall Score: 7.5
How Much?: Retails for $23
There are better ways to spend twenty bucks in Bordeaux. If you see it on a menu somewhere for $30 and are ordering some red meat, go for it, but if the markup is much more than that, as some restaurants are wont to do, give it a pass. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.
Vinography Unboxed: Week of June 28, 2015 Brand vs. Terroir in Wine I'll Drink to That: Andrea Fassone of Enotria Wine Imports Vinography Images: Independence Vineyard Warm Up: The Italian Influence in California I'll Drink to That: Megan Glaab of Ryme Cellars Listen Up!! I'll Drink to That on Vinography A First Taste of Idaho Wine Tasting Integrity: 25 Years of Corison Napa Cabernet Vinography Unboxed: Week of June 21, 2015
Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune