Caronne Ste Gemme 2004
Date: November 2008 Tasting Bar Price: $2.20/taste Half Off Tuesday Price: $1.10/tasteGood Bordeaux in my opinion is difficult to find for a reasonable price but I believe we've found one! This has true Bordeaux character with it's pencil lead undertones and soft dried fruit. It's also got some more secondary flavors that will develop more if you decant it. It's a medium to full bodied wine with soft tannins and a longer finish. - Maggie's Staff PickOffers raisin and dried fruit, with very ripe fruit aromas and coffee and oak undertones. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. This is pumped up, but I like the flamboyant character.The 45 hactares of vines, which have the Haut-Médoc appellation, sit on a gravel plateau typical of the Médoc, over an iron rich clay-sandstone base at the western end and a more sandy mix towards the Gironde. The encépagement is also fairly typical; there is a dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon, with a little less Merlot and just a few Petit Verdot vines. They are planted at a density of 10000 vines/ha, and have an average age of 25 years.
An inviting licorice and coffee nose. More licorice and stewed fruit on the palate with balance and elegance for the price with a lengthy, medium finish. Tannins are soft and approachable now - although this wine could be racked in the cellar for 2-3 more years. A decent rendering of the Haut-Medoc at a reasonable price. Tasted at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival.
Lots and lots of leathery tannins. Also plenty of microscopic sediment that you wouldn't notice if you weren't looking closely. Don't let that scare you though because my wife didn't even notice it. She loved this wine, while I was apathetic. Nothing really stood out to me. It is not bad wine by any means. Just not very memorable. Anyways, this paired great with a roasted hunk of beef and al dente corn on the cob.
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