Merlot 2010 13%
Medium+ intensity with a bouquet that reflects plums and dark berries, brown spices, a potpourri of aged violets, baking spices and a nudge of leather; plenty of oak too, but most of all - harmony!
On the palate - the flavors immediately reflect what the nose suggests along with medium+ acidity, medium+ tannins which have a youthful grasp - not so tight and poised that I would say 'cellar this wine' but if you do - not for too long (2-3 years). The softer side of this wine is yet to emerge, but will.
Decant for service and enjoy today or cellar for a short time.
Balanced, Medium++ length and Medium+ complexity
Martello Rock 2010 13%
61% Merlot, 18% Cab Sav, 14% Cab Franc & 7$ Malbec
Violets, plums and blackberry laced red fruits, cacao chocolate, well positioned oak. On the palate I like the initial grip of the tannins and acidity - this abates quickly to reveal the mix of spices, red fruits and oak flavors that are - this wine. A youthful expression with medium+ acidity and a longish dry finish. Balanced, medium+ length and medium+ complexity.
Decant and drink now or cellar for 3-5 years.
Overall a very nice and highly recommended example.
The previous vintage of this wine (2009) was a different blend and therefore a different expression - 40% Malbec, 37% Merlot, 23% Cab Franc. Also a very nice wine, but one that I would suggest is enjoyed sooner or cellared for a further 1- 2 years.
Pharos 2010 13.5%
Dusty chocolate, powdered cocoa, brown spices and a medium+ toasty oak hit on the nose; this is followed by fresh, wild and cooked red berry fruits, violets and a hint of the exotic from currants aromas*. There's no doubting this wine also has complexity.
The palate reveals the flavors, complexity and concentration that the nose suggests along with medium+ youthfully grippy tannins, medium+ acidity, red fruits concentration and flavors of milk and dark chocolate, mild violets and earthy qualities.
Balanced, long finish and a medium+ complexity.