On the nose all the delicious and harmonious blend of dark fruit and red fruit. More specifically blackberry, plum, and raspberry. Secondary aromas dark cacao and slightly peppery. Well integrated tannins and perfectly bottle aged for consumption today or you can lay this down for the next 3-7 years.
In every vintage making a blend becomes an annual challenge, highlighting what pieces of the blend excelled, while honing in on our distinct style. 2009 is a prime example of that difficulty - all components were excellent. Thus resulting in a wine that is largly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. These two exceeded our expectations and blended together to make a wine defined in a very classic bordelaise style. Chocolate, coffee, roasted red peppers, crushed black pepper, and tobacco spices permeate the nose. The mouth has a beautiful balance of cigar box and nutmeg-like spices, vanilla, and slight cedar. The merlot itself contributes a beautiful roundness of red fruits, raspberry and even pomegranate. The addition of Malbec and petite Verdot strengthens the mouthfeel and adds complexity to the finish. The biggest challenge in a great vintage as this is to showcase which varietals do well and do so with the signature Coquelicot Estate style. Well when all the parts are terrific, the pieces fit together, the only thing to do is welcome the fact that more will be made. A good thing, since this stellar vintage should be shared with all, we are proud of it