Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, 1999
This wine set me back $20...And then set me back $240 after I decided I needed an entire case of it.
Tastes smooth, cherry, a light pencil lead in the background.
Tastes almost sweet when enjoyed with a grilled, seasonsed steak.
Ever so light earthy aromas (which I love).
Only 12.5% alcohol (I'm not a fan of super alcoholic, fruit bomb wines).
Only issue is that it could have a little more structure...So it also won't last more than a day. But it is delicious that first day.
WHAT THEY SAY
(About the 2001 vintage, which sounds similar)
According to The Wine Spectator: "...blackberry, cherry and spice aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with firm, silky tannins and a slightly austere finish. Needs some bottle age to come around. Best after 2007." (03/04 and 03/02) According to Robert Parker: "...possesses sweet tannin, medium body, and a light but nicely etched style. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years." (06/04) K&L's notes - Solid wine. Earthy, old-school style. Plenty of structure. Should be a fine value.