2004 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L)
#34 on the Wine Spectator's list of the Top 100 Wines of 2007! 93 points and a 'Highly Recommended' designation from the Wine Spectator: "Shows beautiful aromas of crushed berries and currants, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely currant, licorice and mint. Long and caressing. Very refined and balanced red. Another winner from Pontet-Canet. Best after 2011." (03/07) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Foursquare, powerful wine that shows great ripeness, solid, firm red berry fruits, a touch of mint, and black, almost impenetrable tannins. Expect this impressive wine to age for 10-15 years." (06/07) 91(+?) points Stephen Tanzer: "Good ruby-red. Currant, black raspberry, cocoa powder and graphite on the nose. Silky on entry, then impressively sweet in the middle palate, with classic Pauillac flavors of currant, chocolate and graphite dominating..." (05/07) 90+ points Robert Parker: "Backward and powerful for the vintage, this blue/purple-colored 2004 exhibits classic creme de cassis, smoke, incense, and spring flower characteristics. Medium to full-bodied, dense, and excruciatingly tannic, this impressively endowed Pauillac is built for the long haul. However, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025+." (06/07) K&L's notes - Chocolate and cassis aromas with a touch of orange zest. You cannot ignore the deep purple fruit, that has fine intensity and power and such purity. Sweet and lush wine. One of the stars of the vintage.