(From 2012 Vintage) Solid, with good flesh around the core of plum and blackberry fruit. Shows ample dark toast and ganache notes, displaying chewy yet integrated grip.
(From 2006 Vintage) Deep ruby-red. Plum, currant and sexy cedary oak on the nose. At once sweet and vinous, with juicy acidity giving lift to the flavors of currant, licorice and minerals. Finishes firm and long, with a ...
Nose is light terroir/St. Julian, old leather, anis, heavy tannins, dry, black pepper. Good, not remarkable.
Not as good as it should be. Especially at a retail price.
Always a tad disappointed by saint julien!
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThis nicely filled wine is fairly forthright in its ripeness and comes just a bit closer to the Californian model as far as flesh and fat are concerned. After a very rich start, it firms up and tightens a touch in the latter going, and ample tannins arrive to provide the right structural grip to its nicely sustained finish. While there are aspects about it that might encourage early drinking, this one will not be at its best for six to ten years.