2013 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. While the wood is currently forward, what is attractive about this wine is its fresh and fruity character. It has bright acidity, deep black-currant flavors and good freshness, with just an undertow of tannin.
Red cherry jam, raspberries, white flowers and spices flesh out on the 2013 Alter Ego. A juicy, succulent wine, the Alter Ego offers lovely up-front fruit married to the bright, lively acidity of the year. Sweet floral notes reappear on the lifted finish. This is a very pretty, feminine wine with plenty of near-term appeal. There is a lot to like here. The blend is 48% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot.
Really rich and pure fruit. Fantastic perfume -- really firing on all cylinders. Very impressive scent. The palate delivers wonderful balance too -- there is no lack of body or greenness whatsoever. Neither is there the great length and complexity of the most lauded vintages. This is undoubtedly a good 2013, however. (RH) 17+