Lagier Meredith
Napa Valley, California
Mount Veeder
Mondeuse
2009
$35.99
14.5%
Deeply saturated and opaque purple core, equally heavy crimson rims, its coloration does not betray much aging. Burnt cocoa, roasted coffee beans, the oak appears not to have receded much, then a floral musk lifts the blueberry, blackberry fruit scents, smattering of leather but hard to say it has developed much in a tertiary manner. Full-bodied, velvety and expands cheek-to-cheek, still packing some tannic punch while has enough acidity to pucker up the finish. Same emphasis on tart blueberry, boysenberry, plum fruit, has not lost its "fruit bomb" youthfulness. Mixed citrus tang breaks up some of the solidity. The oak is creamier here, vanilla fudge and caramel, most obvious retronasally at the end. Still qualifies as a "slam it back" fruit fest.
90 points

Note: Was surprised at how little this had budged, tasting note was very close to the note when tasted on release.