This Gaiter/Brecher (Wall Street Journal) pick is a Grand Vin De Bordeaux and pours a little lighter than I might have expected of a Bordeaux blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot. It is a pretty Cherry red in color.
The bouquet on opening is tight with very little aroma but what’s there is nice with spice.
In the mouth this wine makes a nice first impression with superb balance. Though tight, it is crisp with a definite fruit foundation.
This wine needs to be breathed for a good hour.
With air, this wine opens to a bouquet that is full of fresh cherries with a nice green spicy flair, and a layer of steel. This wine is well made without benefit of oak. After a full hour there is a layer of evergreen, cherries and is just plain sophisticated. For $14, you can’t beat this wine.
When I first opened it, I thought for a moment, “What were Gaiter and Brecher thinking; but I knew better as their picks are almost always dead on.
This wine is worth searching out and if you ever wondered what wine was supposed to taste like, this is it! Raise a glass!