Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien 2009 Bordeaux, $110.49-$164.99, 96 points, appears more a Shiraz purple/red with a clear rim than a Bordeaux black currant red.
The aroma sleeps at this point, but a subtle toasty red cherry and vanilla are yet making themselves known.
A remarkably silky texture and clarity of flavor drive this medium bodied wine of pronounced acidity and mild-plus tannin with 13% alcohol as if it were a cascading spring mountain stream (unusually refreshing for a big red wine).
Focused red and black cherry with damson plum, coffee notes and bay leaf lead to a very long escalating finish of delightful spice and a hint of mint.
Varietals were 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot and a dollop of Cabernet Fran.
This wine is way too easy to drink, yet lends itself toward being contemplative. Quite obviously it's doing justice to the number six spot on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2012 wines.
I'm contemplating this wine with the BEETHOVEN-SYMPHONY PASTORAL, thanks to FM 99.50 Boston!
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