A right bank Bordeaux (Cloitre des Capucins Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2011) and Californian cabernet (Drawbridge Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2014)

I tasted these two wines in sequence, the former Bordeaux slightly lacking in charm, and the latter Cali cab being a little cooked in expression.  Do I confess that I wondered whether they might, blended together, be capable of presenting more than the sum of their parts?  The full body of the Cali cab, adding mid palate weight and overt fruit to the spine given by the more austere Bordeaux and resulting in a wine more than the sum of its parts.  Sounds a bit realistic doesn’t it?  Oh, wait.


Antoine Moueix Cloitre des Capucins Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2011, Bordeaux
Lovely fragrant nose.  Christmas cake, violets and perhaps game meats.  The palate disappoints.  A restrained, slightly hard expression of plums and spice.

Rating: Acceptable

Drawbridge Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, California 
From Lodi in the north of California’s Central Valley, this wine commences its journey from the opposite direction.  Dried currant and prune aromatics.  The palate is full bodied and has an impression of sweet fruited raisins.  Tends to simple.

Rating: Acceptable

Read more:
antoinemoueix.com
I did not see obvious further details about Drawbridge

Published by Sean Mitchell

Grapeobserver.com is an independent wine journal. Written since 2009, it is authored by Sean Mitchell Dip WSET. On matters of wine, Sean is a current Master of Wine student, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma holder, a certified WSET educator, a past WSET scholarship winner and has written for various other wine related publications.

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