Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2005 Château L’Arrosée in honor of International Merlot Day. This is what St. Emilion is all about. The elegance and softness of the Merlot combined with the tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the herbaceousness of the Cabernet Franc make for a beautifully complex and beguiling wine that summarizes St. Emilion reds for me. Power, elegance and character. While this may not be considered to be in the top echelon of wines in St Emilion, this is a total slam dunk of a wine. Think chocolate covered cherries with a dusty, earthy finish. Stunning.
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.