Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2004 Château Pontet-Canet. I feel slightly torn about this one. It is a very good and very well made wine for sure. Black currant, black cherry, dark chocolate and coffee. But…it feels like it is trying too hard. Slightly too much extraction, slightly too little acidity and too much Vanilla from what I suspect was too much new oak. If someone served this to me blind I might have guessed it to be a California Cabernet Sauvignon. Either way…good but not great and I am slightly worried about the long term prospects given the prominence of the oak.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.