Friday, May 27, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: *** $$ Chateau Morin, Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux, France, 2005

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By way of background: Chateau Morin is a moderately-priced Bordeaux from the highly-regarded 2005 vintage, hailing from the Saint-Estephe appelation. It is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, and comes in at a modest 30% alcohol.

Original review, October, 2009

In the glass: Deep burgundy purple-red, moving to opaque at the center.

On the nose: Bold, purple, helium-tipped fruits come through on the nose. Bold and full.

On the palate: A dense, lush, blackberry fruit touches first at the back of your palate, compact, tannic and just a touch of svelte. More concentrated than you would expect from the modest alcohol level. Follows by a tannic sweetness that comes on at the very back of your mouth, as the wine makes its way to your stomach. Acids seem mild and restrained, in contrast to the notable and pleasant tannins.

And the finish: The blackberry sits happily in its tannic robe, hanging out almost as long as you'd like to wait for your next sip.

In summary: A solid, intense, tannic fruit-driven experience, providing a pleasant experience now, but appears definitely open to some additional years in bottle. Three stars on the Spirit of Wine scale.
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Updated review, a year and a half later, May, 2011:  Still deep burgundy with an opaque center, no purple highlights showing now.  Deep, muddled, stinky feet red berry aromas coming through.  The palate shows a concentrated balance of tannins, acids and dark-tinged subtle red fruit.  Feels more acid than tannic now as it is putting on age.  Still three stars as a concentrated, terroir-driven experience.  Does want aggressive food to complement its "tougher" style.

Following long decant, one day at room temperature in flat-bottomed decanter:  Aroma is clean, muddled red fruit, lightly oxidized.  Palate is a more balanced, medium-red experience, with solid elements of acid and tannins.  

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