Château-Gloria Saint Julien 2012
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Wine Enthusiast92-94. Barrel sample. Solid and concentrated, this wine certainly shows great dryness as well as fruit. It has power and density, and a texture that balances new wood as well as the fruitiness.
Wine SpectatorJuicy plum and blackberry fruit is spiked with an overt savory edge that runs through the finish, picking up pepper, bay leaf and juniper notes. This has energy, but finishes with more chewy austerity than flesh. Might soften somewhat with cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2021. 15,000 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 is a successful effort once again from Château Gloria, a property that has been on a major qualitative roll for decades. Dense ruby/purple in color, it has sweet, juicy, blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, no real evidence of any oak, but a fleshy, open-knit, meaty mouthfeel. Excellent purity, low acidity and ripe tannin all characterize this beautiful wine, which should drink well for 12-15 years. Another major sleeper of the vintage.