The 2012 Hosanna is a powerhouse, incredibly sexy beauty that’s right up there at the top of the scale. Made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this deep ruby/purple colored beauty boasts knockout notes of blackcurrants, dried tobacco, spice box, forest floor and graphite. While it’s a big, rich, full-bodied effort, it just glides across the palate with a weightless, elegant texture. With sweet tannin, a layered, seamless personality and a big finish, this is an incredible wine that’s already offering pleasure, yet will keep for another 15-20 years.
Close to perfection, this extraordinary blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc seems to have hit all the high notes in 2012. Inky ruby/purple with stunning concentration, a multidimensional mouthfeel, skyscraper-like texture and fabulous purity of blue, red and black fruits, this is a tour de force from this estate owned by Christian Moueix. The potential complexity and sheer compelling quality of Hosanna is amazing. Aromatically, this may be the most profound wine of the vintage. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. (RP)
The 2012 Hosanna is the ripest, most exuberant wines in the Moueix stable this year. Plum, crème de cassis, cloves, licorice and lavender race across the palate. Hosanna is quite possibly the most flamboyant Pomerol of the vintage. Layers of super-ripe blue and purplish-hued fruit build as this deep, exotic wine shows off its distinctive personality. Personally, I find the style a bit over the top, but the Hosanna is undoubtedly very fine. The blend is approximately 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. (AG)
The 2012 Château Hosanna is an excellent wine and one of the best vintages I have had the pleasure to taste from the old Certan-Giraud estate since its sale to the Moueix family. The very refined bouquet offers up scents of black raspberries, dark plums, tobacco leaf, a touch of fresh herbs, dark soil tones, woodsmoke and spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very soil-driven in personality, with a superb core of fruit, ripe, harmonious tannins and excellent length and grip on the focused and very classy finish. A beautiful bottle in the making. (Drink between 2022-2050)
Aromas of stewed fruit, stones and green olives. Full and round textured with chocolate and spice character. Long, velvety mouth feel on the finish. Fresh. Sexy for the vintage. Better in 2017.
This leads with a smoldering tobacco leaf note and good dark plum and blackberry fruit that stays very focused, picking up graphite and plum cake details on the finish. Polished and supple overall, this puts on weight with air, revealing lots of latent length. Best from 2017 through 2027. (JM)
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