2009 Clarke Rothschild, Listrac

SKU #1091655 Jancis Robinson

 Slightly peppery fruit and fragrant mid palate. Firm tannins but still pretty well balanced and showed well after a run of right-bank richness. Drink 2014-2023.  (10/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the better Clarkes ever made, this wine from the cool, backwater appellation of Listrac displays serious density, an opaque ruby/purple color, and lots of earth, black currants and raspberries. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.  (2/2012)

Wine Spectator

 This delivers a direct beam of red and black currant fruit, liberally laced with tobacco and roasted cedar notes that hang through the lightly firm finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

*V Toasty new oak aromas and flavors. Quite rich and more modern in style. Nice length and depth. These guys are doing well. Ralph: Big solid fruit; long and serious. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2012 | Send Email
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Deeply colored, the bright nose offers a black cherry to plumy note, almost in a jam-like fashion without being overdone. Rich, fairly concentrated fruit with just an edge of tannin, this Gem has excellent structure and depth of flavor with a long, warm finish. This wine could be drunk now with about an hour or two of decanting and airing, but will age another three to six-plus years. Rusty has informed that this, too, will be one of our house reds for the next few years. (Jim Barr) 14.0% ABV
Drink from 2015 to 2020

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Alcohol Content (%): 14