2009 Gloria, St-Julien (1.5L)
Rich and decadent on the nose, with exotic fruits, spices and incense. Full body, with so much wonderful chocolate, fruit and velvety tannins. It's a joy to taste now, but will give even more pleasure in years to come. Best ever from here and one of the best values of the vintage. Try after 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Fairly deep color. Lovely modern, smoky, toasty nose is heavenly for attendees who love oak! It’s sweet with cherry, red currant, and chocolate notes. Follows through in a similar fashion on the palate, with the oak playing a major role. Wine #7 is sweet, jammy, juicy, and flat-out delicious. It’s the first wine in the tasting that’s drinking at peak right now. We enjoy the tingling acidity and well-integrated tannins. It’s straightforward, soft, and easy without much grip or concentration. Long, consistent finish. Probably the best bottle of Gloria we’ve ever encountered!
A serious young wine, crammed with plum cake, blackberry preserves, warm fig confiture and blueberry reduction flavors, all laced with briar and sweet, toasty spice notes and backed by a long, tarry finish. Has a rustic edge but lots of stuffing. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2025. (JM)
(a blend of 61% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 6% petit verdot; 13.6 % alcohol; pH 3.72; 78 IPT; 40% new oak) Bright red. Charming, fruity aromas of strawberry, raspberry and clove. Then surprisingly firm on entry, with stiff tannins providing backbone to the ripe red fruit and herbal flavors. The persistent finish features lingering white pepper and floral notes. This Gloria strikes me as a little less subtle than usual, and rather more Pauillac-like in style. (ID)