2012 Clinet, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Although hardly comparable to what Clinet achieved in both 2009 and 2010, the 2012 Clinet is another star of the vintage. A powerful, full-bodied, muscular Pomerol, it reveals a dense purple color in addition to lots of opulence, a layered, full-bodied richness (somewhat atypical for the vintage), beautiful density and plenty of mocha, black cherry, truffle and graphite notes. It is a surprisingly full yet accessible Clinet that will be drinkable long before the 2009 and 2010 hit their plateaus of maturity. Drink the 2012 over the next 15 years.
Features a thick, ripe feel, with plum sauce and blackberry paste notes that drip slowly as licorice snap and roasted apple wood fill in the finish. A more overtly hedonistic style of Pomerol, retaining good balance.
This firmly tannic wine is solid and potentially quite complex. The structure is paramount, exhibiting substantial weight, while still hinting at the juicy fruity acidity on the finish.
This is racy and austere but in a very good sense. It's full-bodied, and very integrated with orange peel and a juicy, salty finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque purple. Very ripe, slightly high-toned aromas of black cherry, roasted plum, licorice and violet, plus a hint of coffee. Supple on entry, then increasingly firm in the middle, but with enough creaminess of texture to the dark berry and spicy oak flavors to avoid seeming excessively over-extracted. Still, this wine's serious tannins currently cut off its fruit, leaving an impression of chunkiness and rigid structure.