2010 Neipperg Collection Red

SKU #1110263 Wine Spectator

 Shows a gutsy edge, with dark plum and bramble notes and some singed spice along the edges. Features good flesh for balance and a toasty finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

We discovered this wine on the first day of our Bordeaux asting tour in April 2012. In fact, this was the first wine we tasted on that trip. This is a new project from Stephan von Neipperg and his crew. It is made from purchased grapes and has the pedigree you'd expect from this esteemed winemaking family. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has a fine palate entry and feel. Blackberry fruit abounds. The strength of the 2010 vintage is here, but the wine is more like the fruity 2009 Bordeaux. A party red that's affordable and drinkable tonight. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer and Co-Owner)

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2012 | Send Email
I thought this honestly smelled just like the 2009 Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon, which I tried just a few days before. This is a great value wine for only $11. The nose is all plum and spice, heady and rich, almost cherry cola. The palate is richer than I thought it would be for a 2010.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2012 | Send Email
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Produced from Merlot (80%) with the balance being Cabernet Sauvignon, this well balanced, flashy red shows blackberry to plum-like fruit on the nose with a dusty mineral note, all of which dances across the palate with amazing balance, depth, and structure. This near-term wine should be consumed over the course of the next several years. Rusty has designated this Gem as one of our house reds for the month. 13% ABV.
Drink from 2012 to 2015

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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