Barrel sample. There's great fruit here, lovely ripe dark plums and black cherry flavors pushing through the hugely sweet tannins. It's very opulent, a great full-fruited wine. (RV)
A gravel wash of tannin creates the structural base for this wine, spreading red currant and licorice root flavors through a long finish. The fruit is bold and supple, the mineral flavor providing tension that will sustain the wine as it ages over the next decade. For braised lamb.
Exhibiting classic Graves aromas of smoky, volcanic, scorched earth, herbs, chocolate, and black cherries, Larrivet Haut-Brion’s dense ruby/purple-colored 2005 possesses superb depth, and silky yet abundant tannins. It is an excellent effort displaying a provocative bouquet as well as 15 or more years of aging potential. (RP)
While there is nor shortage of ripeness and heft here, this gutsy youngster is far from refined. Its well-extracted flavors are beset by a full dose of challenging tannins, and what starts out as a promising wine becomes one for the future rather than near-term enjoyment. Sophistication might well be out of its reach even with aging, but it has the depth to keep growing for six to ten years.
Very earthy, but blows off. Intense aromas of game, spice, chocolate and dark fruit. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Slightly one-dimensional on the palate, but interesting. Best after 2013. (JS)
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