CLOS DE L'ORATOIRE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion 2011 Bordeaux Red Wine, $41.64-$48.99, 92 points, poured opaque ruby trending rosewood-red at the leggy glass bowl and clear wine ring.
Aromatic spiced black cherry, roses, fresh linen, apple-wood, cedar, and cocoa, everything but grape, were wonderful.
Near full-bodied with excited acidity, firm, durable, and layered tannins carried tasty boysenberry, coffee, pomegranate, and chalky blackberry flavors.
Finished long on the trailing palate, warm spices, and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 90% Merlot with Cabernet Franc.
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