K&L Hollywood's Steve Greer, fresh back from the 2010 Bordeaux En Primeur tastings and excited for this weekend's Bordeaux tastings submitted the 2005 Ch. La Garde from Pessac-Léognan ($24.99) as this week's Wine of the Week. Here's what he had to say:
Since it seems like it is "Bordeaux Week" at K&L with articles on the 2010 UGC tastings, staff tastings on new arrivals and a public tasting this Saturday I thought the Wine of the Week should be a stand-out from yesterday's staff tasting at the Hollywood store. The 2005 La Garde from the Pessac was one of the stand-outs for our Hollywood staff.
It has a beautiful nose of smoke, perfume, floral, spice, cedar and blackberry. The heady black fruit and incense continues on the palate with a long, spicy and cedary finish. The tannins are still evident, of course, but the wine isn't overly astringent.
A beautiful wine for only $24.99.