2005 La Grave à Pomerol, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1021009

94 points Wine Spectator: "There's pure crushed fruit on the nose, with raspberry, dark chocolate and berry. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a long, long finish. Has wonderful balance and richness. The best young red ever from this producer. Best after 2012. 2,500 cases made." (03/08) According to Robert Parker: "Stylish and elegant, this 2005 has as much in common with a Cote de Beaune premier cru as it does with a Pomerol. Kirsch, raspberry, seaweed, and loamy soil aromas lead to a medium-bodied, finesse-styled claret possessing sweet tannin, pure fruit, and a sensual personality. It begs to be consumed over the next decade." (04/08) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red-ruby. Sweet aromas of raspberry, spices and smoky oak. Supple, sweet and pliant, but with lively acidity giving lift to the black fruit, spice and earth flavors. A graceful wine with good stuffing and sex appeal. Finishes with soft tannins and subtle persistence. A very successful vintage for this Pomerol." (May/Jun 06) ETA: Late Oct 2009.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pomerol