Saturday, December 5, 2015

Grgich Hills Estate Napa Cab 05 - Grand Merrain Haut Medoc 10

Grgich Hills Estate Napa Cab '05 - Grand Merrain Haut Medoc '10

For the last of our family and friends' weddings in this event filled 2015, we attended the festivities of Ross and Stephanie, son of dearest lifelong friends Eric and Cathy, and daughter of new wine buddies George and Leslie. Prior to the reception, Dr Dan opened these two diverse reds in the hotel suite for casual sipping before we headed to the venue.

Château Grand Merrain Haut-Médoc Bordeaux 2010

This lesser label provided for casual sipping but would likely show better for a more serious tasting with food given the complexity of the Bordeaux blend.  It's more modest profile was overshadowed by the more fruit forward and polish of the more expressive Napa Cab.

Garnet colored, medium bodied, moderately complex aromas and flavors of blackberries and cherries were accented by a tones of tobacco, leather, and baking spices with a hint of cedar with moderate chewy tannins on a lingering finish.

RM 88 points.

Grgich Hills Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

The harmony, balance and polish of this wine make it tempting for casual enjoyable sipping, but like the Bordeaux, this too would have been paired well with food for even greater enjoyment.

At ten years of age, this is likely at the apex of its drinking profile and will not likely improve further with more aging, but don't be in a hurry as it will hold for several more years.  Dark garnet colored, medium-full bodied,  full blackberry and black cherry fruits were accented by tones of cassis, mocha, leather, and hints of graphite and smoke with smooth supple tannins on the finish.

RM 91 points.