2012 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien
*Barrel Sample.* With so much spicy fruit, intensely ripe blackberry flavors and solid tannins, all the elements of excellence are here, and powered by a firm structure. This wine has weight and a fine Cabernet concentration.
A silky and fine red with blueberry, blackberry and floral character. Hints of hazelnuts. Full body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Persistent too. Better in 2017.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium deep ruby-purple. Perfumed, refined aromas and flavors of black cherry, spicy dark plum, licorice, cedar and ink. Smooth and quite long on the finish. Gruaud was one of the rare properties in 2012 where Petit Verdot managed to ripen fully. In fact, the grand vin contains 6.5% Petit Verdot, Gruaud's entire crop from these vines. (ID)
Inviting, with a fleshy core of plum, blackberry and anise notes, lined with graphite and warm fruitcake hints and supported by a juicy finish that keeps the toast in the background. Very solid and without the overtly austere feel of the vintage. Drink now through 2020.
Savoury and dark and not at all leafy. Restrained on the nose. Grainy but ripe tannins, juicy within a firm structure. Still a baby but everthing in harmony for a long life. (17/20 points)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A nice, earthy, black fruited, spicy and meaty 2012 Gruaud Larose, with medium body, excellent depth, chunky roasted herb and aged beef notes, this wine finishes authoritatively and the tannins are reasonably ripe. Give it another 3-5 years cellaring and drink it over the following 15 or so years. (RP)