Château de Bonhoste Grand Vin 2009 Bordeaux Supérieur, $14.44-$16.99, 89 points, has the familiar black currant/ruby colors and obligatory transparent rim of youth.
The 'quiet' aroma can be enticed to set free soft cooking spice and cedar notes.
Medium bodied, assertive and persistent (food friendly) acidity, moderate tannin, smooth texture, juicy blackberry, boysenberry, mulberry, and hints of chocolate round-off the palate. The fair finish of spice and just a touch of warmth (13% alcohol) is quite good.
Dinner plates and a beyond the palate pale polemic!
Nearly the best red dinner wine I can think of, Château de Bonhoste 2009 Bordeaux should makes a perfect dinner companion for that large gathering, and won't break the bank either. Come to think of it, it seems every time I go to some kind of banquet or large gathering, the caterers serve this cheap-type $5.00 a bottle Merlot, but because everyone is preoccupied, the plonk is ignored by most! (Song for all us old folk) I wonder-wonder who, not knowing anything about catering or just how restaurants decide on a wine to serve for showers, weddings, or other large groups, just how is a wine chosen? Is it the house wine, is it the cost, or maybe the availability; whatever method is applied, let me challenge those in the position to decide, to decide on a satisfying wine.
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