2012 Nenin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1132240 92-93 points James Suckling

 Beautiful depth of fruit to this with a full body, super silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Racy and fine. Very well done for the vintage.  (4/ 2013)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the deep ruby/plum/purple-colored 2012 Nenin exhibits notes of spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries and kirsch, a full-bodied, beautifully textured mouthfeel, terrific purity and a long finish. It should drink well for 15+ years. These may turn out to be the finest Pomerols Jean-Hubert Delon and his team have made to date as the 2012s are better than either the 2009s or 2010s.  (4/ 2013)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. This is a solid wine showing chunky richness that chimes with the black fruit of the vintage. It's full and ripe, but still shines with fresh fruit character.  (4/ 2013)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Still has some toast to absorb, but the core of plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit is ripe and vivid, with a mouthwatering anise note and well-integrated acidity on the finish. This has the stuffing to stretch out in the cellar despite a slightly austere edge to the structure.  (4/ 2013)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (70% merlot and 30% cabernet franc; pH 3.7; 14.5% alcohol; 35h/h; 25% new oak): Good full ruby. Initially reduced nose reveals dark plum, soy sauce, sweet spices and flowers with aeration. Supple and suave on the palate, but with enough structure to provide backbone and energy to the red and black fruit flavors. Finishes long and creamy-smooth. I found this vintage of Nenin very promising, and perhaps more nuanced than usual.  (5/ 2013)

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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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Pomerol