2010 Cos Labory, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)
Wonderful improvement here, with blackberry and chocolate character, full, round and soft. Very well done indeed.
This wine seems like it's all structure at this stage, firmly tannic and dry. Very solid and chunky, it is hiding its potentially rich fruit, which will show once the intense tannins soften, but the wine will likely always be severe.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium ruby. Perfumed aromas of red cherry, dark plum, sweet spices and herbs. Enters the mouth fleshy and sweet, then shows vibrant blackberry and blackcurrant flavors in the mid-palate. A solid spine of acidity accentuates the tannins on the back end, leaving a somewhat dry mouthfeel. Still, there should be enough fruit here to stand up to the tannins over time.
A very grippy style, with a prominent charcoal spine gripping the plum, currant and blackberry fruit notes before slowly yielding on the finish, where a singed iron accent waits. Displays depth, but the structure remains astringent overall. Best from 2015 through 2022. (Web-2013)
65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. 14% abv.