Nice to see such a nice Merlot from Château Julien, their best ever. It does what Merlot should, being dry and lush, with complex sour cherry, currant, herb, cocoa and spice flavors wrapped into smooth tannins. A lovely wine for drinking now.
Promising deep oaky nose. Cigar-box, cassis and blackberry aromas. The wine is tight and closed now, with a somewhat lean mouthfeel. Finishes quite dry; fairly tannic. Needs two to four years to see if the fruit elevates enough to bring it into better balance.
Blueberry and violet aromas with a hint of herbs. Palate-coating tart black-cherry flavors; cinnamon and violets again. A bit tight now, it is not at all flabby and has good structure. The tannins suggest aging two to four years.
Launches with a strong scent of well-charred new oak, plus vanilla and buttered toast. Yet the underlying fruity flavors of blackberry and cassis easily handle it. Smooth and long in the mouth.
So easy to drink due to the soft, velvety texture and mouthfilling flavors of cherry compote, blackberry jam and mocha flavors that are finished with the smoky, vanilla accents of smoky oak. This rich Zin even shows blueberry cobbler on the finish.
An interesting wine here: some decent blackberry and cassis aromas and flavors and a strong note of anise or licorice. It’s not unpleasant, but it is atypical. Once you get past that, it’s pretty good. Some high-toned tannins that suggest mid-term ageability.
Smells inviting, with fancy oaky smoke and vanilla that mingles with underlying cassis and blackcurrant. Then it turns quite tannic in the mouth, so it’s hard to find the blackberry flavors. Drink with a juicy steak, or cellar for a few years.