CHATEAU CLARKE - 2003
Merlot and Cabernet Listrac Bordeaux blend.
Purple color with light oak and red berries on the nose. Smoke, plum, black currant and beautiful freshly picked summer cherries on the finish.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
When you open up this bottle, taste it immediately. You will find it is extremely good. The fresh cherries on the finish are exceptional and are accented by a hint of smoke and black fruit. But after this wine opens up, it turns ordinary. The mid-palate flattens out and the finish disappears turning the wine ordinary. This is a 89 or 90 pointer if you open and consume immediately. If you decant this or drink it over the course of two days it falls a few points lower. At $25 a bottle, it is hard to recommend, but those fresh cherries on the finish still linger on my memory palate.