2005 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, deep ruby-red. Sweet, enticing aromas of redcurrant, plum, coffee and meat. This offers lovely sweetness in the mouth, with a terrific core of fruit and a captivating sugar/acid balance. Unusually dense for this second wine. Finishes long and firmly tannic, with plenty of lingering flavor. The best yet for this label. (ST)
Dark in color, with intense, very ripe aromas of raisin, tar and licorice. Full-bodied, with loads of ripe tannins, wonderful dried fruit character and a long, superfruity finish. A lovely second wine from Palmer.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The medium to dark ruby 2005 Alter Ego is a sexy, lush, up-front style of 2005, with loads of cedar wood, a fragrant and perfumed personality, and silky tannin. It is moderately endowed, but lusciously suave and seductive. Close to being an outstanding second wine, it will drink well for another 7-10 years. (RP)
Juicy and soft, with red fruits and supple tannins. It is generous, with its jelly and berry fruits and fresh acidity.
93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted single blind at Southwold. Very lifted nose with clean black fruits, boysenberry with slight charred oak coming through. The palate has good fruit concentration, fine tannins, well balanced with a clean, slightly peppery, liquorices finish and layers of rounded black fruit. A lot of oak now, but it will meld in time. Drink 2012-2020. Tasted January 2009."