2009 Clarke Rothschild, Listrac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the better Clarkes ever made, this wine from the cool, backwater appellation of Listrac displays serious density, an opaque ruby/purple color, and lots of earth, black currants and raspberries. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Medicinal black cherry, menthol and licorice on the nose. Smooth and juicy, with tight, slightly herbal flavors of cassis, licorice and mint. Nicely ripe in spite of its medicinal aspect, and sweet and fine-grained for this wine. Finishes with supple tannins.
Firmly tannic and rather jammy at the same time, a wine that shows a rustic edge, but does retain the juiciness of the year.
This delivers a direct beam of red and black currant fruit, liberally laced with tobacco and roasted cedar notes that hang through the lightly firm finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2012)
According to Decanter: "Purple red, nicely concentrated fragrant fruit, quite supple and rich on the palate, good tannins and refreshing acidity, forward fruit but last well." K&L's Notes: *V Toasty new oak aromas and flavors. Quite rich and more modern in style. Nice length and depth. These guys are doing well. Ralph: Big solid fruit; long and serious. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.