Perfectly balanced with spicy raspberry notes and hints of earth.
The aromatics are shy at first, but after a few minutes, plump raspberries and chocolaty earth notes blossom in the glass. The palate is dry, but supple, with pretty red fruit notes and plenty of structure. The wine finishes with well-supported tannins and persistent fruit. Classically styled, this wine shows elegance and sophistication without austerity (and no, that is not a political statement). Drinks great now, but will cellar nicely, too.
Style: Medium, Fruity
Flavors: Chocolate, Raspberry
I just came from the Grand Cru Bordeaux tasting here in San Francisco, and I feel very comfortable saying that the 2010 Merlot-based wines (or the wines in which Merlot played a large part in the blend) outperformed Cabernet-based wines. For instance, the wines of Pessac-Léognan (where the percentages of Cabernet and Merlot are often just about evenly split) and those of Saint-Émilion (where Merlot is the star) just knocked my socks off. 2010 was a cooler vintage (or more “classic” in Bordeaux speak), and consequently, Merlot outperformed Cabernet in many instances. Our Lot 365 is 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet, and 20% Cabernet Franc, so it's no surprise that it piqued our interest last summer.