Château Ampélia Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Castillon 2005
Tasting notes The purple dress presents a dark purple border. The already opened bouquet expresses red berries, citrus fruits and wooded one delicate. Tannins are ripe and silky. They become integrated into an ample flesh, the final liveliness of which confers a touch of welcome freshness, accompanied with softer notes of toffy. Harmonies Leg of lamb in bean, roties poultry, Ribs of beef
Last night I opened this bottle with a good friend and enjoyed it, but did not just love it like I hoped I would. If memory serves this was recommened to me at Total Wine. I have been drinking a lot of Rhone Valley reds and this was a nice one, but not the best (I think Beaucastel was). This wine does have a nice dark or ruby red color to it and very nice tannins on the taste. I was really hoping for a very clean and long finish, but just didn't get it out of this bottle. It appears the older vintages are well liked, so I will give one of them a shot soon for a just a few more dollars a bottle. Last night I enjoyed the wine with grilled duck breast stuffed with onions and sundried tomatoes as well as mustard fried venison went very well. Tonight after a night in the frig I finished the bottle with a great filet with blue cheese and seared scallops. This meal was also a great compliment to the wine, but just didn't get the big bang I was looking for. The dark fruit was very nice though I must add and the tannins tell me this wine will hold up for several more years in the rack.
Dark color. Light, subtle fruit in the nose, maybe strawberry/cherry. Mouth was earthy, leathery, charcoal - very old world style. Extremely dry throughout. Ate with 55% chocolate/cherry/almonds.