Tasted blind. Deep ruby colour. Spicy and dark-fruited. There is enough smoky wood to add complexity without dominating the fruit. Dark cherry bursts through on a palate with real energy. Acidity forms the structure as much as tannin (which is fine and ripe), so the fruit feels very tangy and juicy. Brisk and intense, this is a wine of elegance and definition. A very refined example that shows the best elements of the vintage. (TP)
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2037
Robert Parker 97
A blend of 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored, 2017 Palmer gives a very serious nose of pronounced blackcurrant cordial, warm plums and blackberry preserves with hints of cedar chest, pencil shavings, violets, dark chocolate and star anise plus exotic wafts of sandalwood and cassia. Medium-bodied, the palate features fantastically vibrant, crunchy black fruits with a firm texture of ripe, grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced. It will need a good 5-7 years to really blossom with all those tightly wound nuances, but it should be a stunner!
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2065