2009 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
What a second wine. This is so delicious with a dense palate and beautiful yet friendly structure. Velvety tannins coat your mouth but it is the savory fruit that brings you back for more. Love the chocolate and coffee undertones. Better in 2016 but beautiful now.
Very ripe fruit aromas. The palate is almost velvet in texture, smooth and rich, fruits packed with black berries and sweet plums. A charming, delicious wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A second wine that has improved dramatically is the Alter Ego de Palmer. The 2009, a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, exhibits aromas of blackberries, cassis, chocolate, roasted espresso and a smoky/foresty note. This hedonistic, juicy, succulent Margaux is meant to be consumed in its first 10-15 years of life.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 51% merlot and 49% cabernet sauvignon) Ruby-red. Precise aromas of red cherry, blackcurrant, cocoa and minerals. Bright and fresh in the mouth, with luscious flavors of red and black berries. Finishes clean and long, with an obviously inky/flinty note and mounting tannins that will need some time to resolve fully. A very successful Alter Ego.
This is nicely sculpted, with enough concentration to the dark plum, Maduro tobacco, anise and warm tar notes to merit some cellaring, but enough bright acidity and juicy briar hints to make it accessible now. Drink now through 2020.
Very dark blackish purple. Racy start and then quite concentrated with a dry but not drying finish. Decent wine. Opulent and mellifluous.