2012 Gazin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1129985 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This may be the first time in the history of this estate that Gazin has been made from 100% Merlot. That was the favored cepage (grape varietal) in 2012, and Gazin has produced a powerful, concentrated, dark plum/purple-hued wine displaying notes of balsam wood, forest floor, camphor, blackberries and cassis. As the wine sits in the glass, hints of white chocolate and espresso roast (no doubt from the barrels used) emerge. Full, rich and intense, this impressive 2012 reminds me of the 2001, only slightly more masculine. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.  (4/ 2013)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy, ripe and enticing, with a singed mesquite note churning through the core of crushed plum, blueberry and blackberry paste flavors. Long and toasted on the finish, this remains polished and integrated. Opulent but not overdone.  (4/ 2013)

89-90 points James Suckling

 Aromas of fresh herbs and raspberries follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a solid finish. A pretty core for fruit here. Slightly better than 2011.  (4/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark crimson. Intense red-cherry fruit with a touch of pepper. Sweet, deep and generous. Tannins are firm and chewy but supple. Really nice fruit, finesse and fresh length. Drink 2016-2024. 17/20 points.  (4/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep purple-ruby. Refined but currently subdued aromas of dark fruits and minerals. Linear and clean in the mouth, with crisp dark plum and fresh blackcurrant flavors. Finishes long but slightly dry, with a pretty saline tang.  (6/ 2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 Floral, fruity and juicy, this is a soft wine that has an overwhelmingly fragrant character. It’s lush and ripe, but with some attractive acidity on the finish.  (4/ 2013)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/8/2014  | Send Email
* Black color. Powerful wine with good grip. An ager.

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Varietal:

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