Imported Red Wines
90 92 92 89Direct ImportSaint Emilion, Bordeaux, AUSTRALIA$79.99 Bottle
- Closure: Cork
The 2016 Corbin is a blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc picked between 5-22 October at 48 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 45% new oak. It has an attractive bouquet, well defined black cherries, briary and undergrowth scents, real character here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin threaded through layers of crisp, slightly toasty fruit and a dash of spice towards the focused finish. This is an excellent Saint Emilion that should be "singing" once in bottle.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate #230 (Apr 2017)
This delivers a straightforward albeit inviting core of warm cassis and boysenberry preserve flavors, with a polished feel throughout. Licorice-coated finish.
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator
Dense and powerful with lots of tannins and ripe fruit. Full-bodied, layered and impressed. A little extracted. But should come around nicely.
Powerful, dense and explosive, the 2016 Corbin offers striking depth and intensity in a forward, fruit-driven style that holds considerable near- and medium-term appeal. A rush of dark cherry, chocolate, spice and new leather round out this racy, inviting Saint-Émilion. The 2016 will see about 45% new oak. Michel Rolland is the consultant at Corbin. Tasted two times.
Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, AUSTRALIA$120.00 Bottle
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Cork
Deep aromas of blueberries, spices, fresh chanterelles, and grapes ,follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a spicy finish. Intense and structured. Second wine of Montrose. Try after 2018.
Over the last twenty years, Montrose's second wine, La Dame de Montrose has been an excellent buy. The 2009 La Dame de Montrose (almost all Merlot with a tiny bit of Cabernet Sauvignon) is a seductive, succulent effort revealing silky tannins, abundant blueberry and blackberry fruit notes intermixed with notions of damp earth, truffles and camphor, and an appealing, luscious personality. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate #199 (Feb 2012)