Château Sainte-Barbe Grand Vin 2009 Bordeaux Supérieur, $13.59-$15.99, 89 points, appears near black at the core, trends deep black currant red, terminates clear, with draping dense legs.
The pronounced cedar aroma claims its dominance over leather and earth, but with time and air calms to a light black olive.
Full bodied and juicy with blackberry, boysenberry, and damson plum, all resting on a platform of good acidity, near moderate tannin, and accentuated with coffee liqueur.
The finish trails a fading palate into a long subtle spice marked by heat (15% alcohol).
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