2013 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. This has a palpable dry element, with the black currant flavor cut by dark chocolate. It has strong tannins and power. It will need to age.
The 2013 Lynch-Bages is unusual but also quite pretty. In this vintage the flavors are quite dark, with distinct dark red/purplish overtones. Dried flowers, cloves and sage are some of the notes that develop with time in the glass. The 2013 finishes with lovely length and precision. The blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
A pretty and tangy Lynch with lemon and orange peel with hints of red fruits and hints of iron. Full to medium body, with firm tannins. Bright finish. Chewy. Lively finish.
The plum pit frame lends an austere feel, but the core shows good plum and black cherry fruit while the finish picks up savory and charcoal notes. This has the character of the vintage and keeps everything balanced.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Complex aromas of blackberry, espresso, flint and violet. Expansive and sweet on the palate, with almost soft, perfumed flavors of dark berries, sweet spices and white pepper. Offers a lovely combination of sweetness and vibrancy. Finishes firm, with youthfully chewy tannins and a lingering leafy nuance.