Basic info: Hauts de Maynac, Bordeaux Blend, Bordeaux, France – 2015
Price estimate: unknown (this was a gift)
Look: Dark. Opaque red with a touch of dark purple
Smell: Wine (seriously) with a tiny bit of cherry
Taste: Earth, oak, sour cherry. More acid than I thought it would have given the color. Medium finish with a lot of oak.
Conclusions: With food, this was fine. Without food, Bob had to finish my glass. It was ok and I can tell my tastes are changing because two years ago I would not have been able to get past the first sip. This is what I *think* Bordeaux is supposed to taste like, but it isn’t my preferred style.
Other notes: I know Bordeaux wines are some of the best wines in the world, but I just can’t get past the earth and tree bark taste that so many of them have. I started drinking red wine years ago, but stopped because almost everything I found was huge, earthy, oaky wines. To me, dirt and tree bark are not flavors I want in my wine. A touch of them, sure, a lot – not so much. This probably makes me unsophisticated in the world of wine, and I’m perfectly fine with that. Give me a good Pinot Noir or Zinfandel any day.
From the bottle: “The vintage has a garnet, clear and brilliant robe, with a fresh fruit nose accompanied by black fruit aromas and a subtle round mouth.” 13% alcohol by volume.