Château Dalem Fronsac 2010 Bordeaux, $31.49-$34.99, 91 points, is a true Bordeaux in color, with elderberry and crushed black currant colors, dense from the core right up to the clear leggy glass rim.
Anise begins the complex aroma, with toasty sweet cooking spice, earth, and some lingering light floral quality.
The full body, carries typically good acidity, but the tannins are surprising sweet and layered, though not insignificant!
Flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, and red cherry are luscious, but there are subtle notes of coffee, licorice, and green herbs.
The finish breaks from the palate into a sustained sensation of white and red pepper spice with a touch of heat (15% alcohol).
Though it is often said that Bordeaux should be drunk after considerable age, this one is good right now too. However, and though a bit nebulas, I'm tasting and feeling that the full body and the high alcohol maybe just a bit too much octane for this wine. I would love it if a more mature palate noticed this and could comment.
Varietals are 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
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