2010 Hyot, Côtes de Castillon
*Smart Buy* Very ripe, offering saturated cassis, blackberry and boysenberry pâte de fruit flavors that are racy and distinctive, thanks to fresh acidity and sleek tannins. The long finish has nice density. Drink now through 2016.
Excellent density of fruit, with velvety tannins and a chocolate and berry aftertaste.
While there is a strong element of new wood in this wine, it also has plenty of ripe black fruits. So it makes a wine that is powerful, potentially complex in 4-5 years with richness and a solid, serious final character.
A delicious 2010 Merlot-based red. Plenty of structure and lingering on the palate. Black fruit flavors abound. Superb value. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)