Bordeaux, France

Serres Ranch

Bordeaux-Style Malbec Blend 2018

Serres Ranch Winery Estate Grown Bordeaux Style Blend Watriss 2018, Sonoma Valley, California

It's time for some Merlot on this
#MerlotThursday.

A very pretty color of dark dark ruby, almost inky, with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of black cherries, black plums, crushed raspberries, wildflowers, cedar, spices, milk chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, oak, light vanilla, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light earth, herbs, chili powder and black tea.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Bordeaux blend from Sonoma Valley. Nicely balanced with lots of fruits to match the acidity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient, that's when tannins and more structure come in. worth the wait.

Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

Good by itself and good with food. A good quality wine that will pair nicely with game meats. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 34% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit verdot. Aged separately for two years in French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.
— 2 days ago

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Domaine de l'Alliance

Bordeaux Sec White Bordeaux Blend 2017

50/50 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - could be anything from Sancerre to Chablis - zippy floral citrus aromas, kicked up acid.

Flavors of grapefruit and sour lemon with a hint of tropical pineapple and guava popping in to say hello.
— 9 days ago

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Interesting little Château

Château Féret-Lambert

Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Nice and sturdy on the nose - and a nice dive into the terroir & mature red fruit that is a mature French Bordeaux. Tart cherry offers the first greeting on the palette as it then transitions into a dark mature tobacco-esque finish. Lingering notes of that incredible soil. All the while, an incredible smooth blend as this ride on your tongue registers as a smooth, pleasant journey that culminates in the perfect finish! — 14 days ago

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l'Hêtre

Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

2018 vintage. From the estate formerly known as Château Goubau (renamed 2016) and from the same family that brings you L’If and some wine called Le Pin. 95% Merlot. 5% Cab Franc. Really dark hue. Mint, blackberries, earth and tobacco in the nose. Medium-bodied with ample, silky tannins. The longer in the glass, the more white pepper and herbaceous flavors gain prominence. Nice QPR and will look to pick up more. Pretty now but just may be a stunner in a few years. — 4 days ago

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Château la Freynelle

Bordeaux Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Blind Date Wine! Black fruits (black cherry, plums) and some earthy notes... slightly vegetal and almost bell pepper. Lots of acid with tart black cherry flavors, spices and black pepper. Pretty light bodied with minimal tannins at first, but they start to come through with more sips. My guess was a cab sauv or melon, so I guess I did pretty good! — 6 days ago

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Château Durfort-Vivens

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 1998

There is tar, cedar, cigar, black currant, oak. This is a médoc nose quite evidently and it's clearly not showing any sign of age. The palate is made of a huge acid backbone, a good width with matter on the sides, there is a bit of weight on the sides too, a bit of thickness. Coffee notes and black currant are complementing the acid backbone quite well, conferring a noble character to the wine. Then comes intergrated yet present tannins. It creates a dusty, grainy layer which expands into the finish and keeps going for a very long while. Those same coffee notes and that black currant fruit go along for a very long time making way to a very nice bitter note in the end. This as noble as you could expect from a wine with this pedigree. I tasted the same bottle 5 years ago and it was back then too young and rough around the edges. It has just entered its prime it seems. 23 years of age and kicking! — a day ago

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Lucked into some newer vintages that are lovely. Not exactly the easiest Margaux to find in my neck of the woods.
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@Scott Rose the first time I had this vintage, about 5 years ago it was very hard and tough. Glad it's in a better place now. Would love to taste newer vintages and your comment tells me it's a good idea!

Château Haut-Sorillon

Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend 2019

Color of purple with slightly gray and blue tone on the rim. Nice legs. Nose of good aldehyde, dried strawberry, prune, dark cherry, ripe grapes, and leather. Taste is smooth, with addition of soft tannins, suckling acidity, a bit minty, a tiny bit sweet, some spice, dark fruits, and zest. Aftertaste is medium long, a revisit of the taste, and quite tasty. Good one. — 4 days ago

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Château Montlandrie

Castillon Côtes De Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

2016 vintage. Expressive from the start. Roasted cashews along with cocoa powder and cherry in the nose. Medium body with some oak fat. Finishes relatively lean but fresh with that cherry looming large and allied with dark plum, watercress, mint, lite green tea and some earth. Pretty and concentrated but not a powerhouse. — a day ago

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Château Massereau

Cuvée K Bordeaux Superieur Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Bordeaux raised up as old school Rioja.
25% Cab Franc, 25% Cab Sav, 30% Red Stem Merlot*, 20% Petit Verdot.
Very interesting indeed.
N: Dark chocolate, leather with buried cassis. On the nose it’s big, but it’s only 12.5°
P: Black Cherries, bitter chocolate, brambles, cassis, tiny blueberries, very refreshing acidity and well integrated tannins.
Here’s to the old/new world.
— 12 days ago

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l'Hêtre

La Raison d'​Hêtre Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

2016 vintage. Fairly giving and plushy given the price point. Not too shabby. Some structure to navigate towards/away from. — 3 days ago

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