Open That Bottle Night so we served this up as a comparison, as these wines are favorites of both ladies.
Dark black coffee color with a dark garnet hue on the rim, medium-full bodied, this 2010 Schild is a bit too tight and a bit metallic for my preference with a slight hard edge on the front before opening to forward black berry fruit with a layer of black olive, grilled mushroom, creosote and a sweet cassis liquor tone on a focused spicy finish. Similar to its previous vintage which was more approachable lacking these tight and hard tones. This producer's Schild Reserve was much ,smoother, polished and flavorful providing much better QPR despite being 60% higher priced.
The pundits rated this higher but I give it RM 87 points.