la Garde 2009


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Tasting Notes

An excellent red currant, smoky, gravelly, red fruit-scented bouquet is accompanied by a medium-bodied, plush, attractively fruity wine. The oak is restrained, and the acidity and tannin are well-integrated in this supple effort. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years.

Score: 88Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), February 2012

A sleeper of the vintage, this may turn out to be the finest La Garde yet made. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by notes of burning embers, charcoal, black cherries, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, lush, complex, and already impressive, it should drink well for 10-15 years. (Tasted two times.)

* Best tasted at this estate yet by Robert Parker.

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Mineral, spice, stone and fruit aromas follow through to a full body, with soft, velvety tannins and a pretty finish.

Score: 90/93James Suckling,, April 2010

A medium weight, classic Graves with fine silky structure and great freshness to balance. Cedar and spice with delicious cassis fruit.

Score: 15Farr Vintners, May 2010

Silky yet solid, this focused red delivers plenty of black cherry, currant, tobacco and spice flavors, with a firm texture, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity. The long finish carries toast, mineral and floral notes. Best from 2013 through 2023. 10,300 cases made.

Score: 91Tom Matthews,, March 2012

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