I am afraid I can only offer glimpses of these wines as I was too busy drinking them. All are highly recommended.
Chateau d’Armailhac 2010, Pauillac
Brooding, structured, cedary and closed. Tannic power. The last glass (of the bottle) opened up with some delicious ripe tannins hidden away. This wine will last decades. Revisit in 10 years.
Chateau Talbot 2005, Saint-Julien
Left bank appellation Saint-Julien holds increasing fascination, I’ve always liked Chateau Talbot, and 2005 is one of the great Bordeaux vintages. Hard to find fault then. This wine has ripe fruit, depth and length. It’s the complete package, and an outstanding wine.
Bowen Estate Shiraz 2005, Coonawarra
Bowen Estate do something right with their shiraz. Chocolate, intense plums, full and rich palate, long length, still young and fresh at 10 years and a low $20s price. Crazy. Outstanding wine.