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A bit of a sleeper this wine, it is just now coming into its own. It's a delightful, classic Claret with vibrant hedgerow fruits with touches of herb and charcoal. It may not have the density and length of some of the more powerful vintages but its quality is undeniable.
Stephen Tanzer's IWC
, Jan 2012, 90
(73% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 5.11 g/ltotal acidity; 13.2% alcohol): Dark ruby-red with a hint of garnet at the rim. Crème de cassis complemented by floral, tobacco and incense notes on the brightly aromatic nose. Very well balanced, clean, and juicy, with good inner-mouth perfume and energy to the dark fruit, cedar, herb and graphite flavors. The finish features mounting tannins that teeter on the brink of drying. This seems to have picked up some flesh and volume with bottle age, but I hope the fruit outlives the tannins. It's a lovely wine that lacks only the power of the best vintages.
Mid crimson. Sweet and lifted. Easy. A bit jagged. The acidity dominates. Can't see how anyone will ever swoon over this, though it is certainly perfectly serviceable.
, Aug 2011, 90
A charming, lush, round, generous Lynch Bages, the 1999 offers plenty of sweet black currant fruit, damp earth, licorice, cedarwood and spicy herb-like characteristics. Medium-bodied, savory and broad in the mouth with no hard edges, this fully mature effort is a somewhat underrated vintage for this estate. Enjoy it over the next decade.
, Jan 2007, 87
This has never been a very serious Lynch. Shows some berry and tobacco character, with a medium body, fine tannins and a fruity finish. Simple.--Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical. Drink now. 35,000 cases made.
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