2009 Roland la Garde Tradition, Premières Côtes de Blaye

SKU #1081835 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An opaque purple color is followed by copious mulberry and black cherry fruit, good freshness and elegance, and a heady finish. It should drink nicely for 4-5 years.  (4/2010)

Wine Spectator

 Bright, exuberant cherry and blackberry fruit races along nicely, pinned to a brisk minerality through the violet-tinged finish. (Web Only- 2012)

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Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2012 | Send Email
Another fantastic wine from this vintage.Lots of floral spice and crushed herbs on the nose.A lovely pretty cranberry finish.I am thinking about a nice lamb shank with rosemary roasted potatoes.

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2012 | Send Email
I love the 2009 Bordeaux. Great, big red fruit! Roland wine has seamless structure. A beautiful balance of acidity and oak! I could have this with food or just on it's own. Do believe the hype!

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