Château Larose-Trintaudon Haut-Médoc 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine, $23.99, 89+ points, appeared a dark ruby with flashes of maroon and trending orange at the glass shallows with a normally clear wine ring.
The smells of leather, brine, plum, and a floral component were just okay for me.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and comfortably supportive tannin gave life to a rather innocuous boysenberry and plum fruit base, but the intense white and black pepper spiciness was the distinguishing characteristic of this 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot Bordeaux blend.
Finished on the trailing palate, an escalating spiciness, and a well integrated 13.7% alcohol.
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