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WTN: 2003 Château Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle

by David M. Bueker » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:23 pm

Believe it or not, this was really good, and pretty much ripe vintage, classic Bordeaux. It was not a 2003 caricature. I would never suspect it as California, as it leaned more towards the cassis end of the fruit spectrum, and it had that dusty/cedary element coming through that I never taste in modern California wine. The fruit/tannin balance was very good, and there was zero heat. It was delicious with my steak! Seems to have years left in the tank. I am glad to have several more bottles.

Alongside, I opened a bottle of 2015 Black Ankle Vineyards Crumbling Rock (Frederick, Maryland), a Bordeaux blend. It was also really good, and not in a "good for Maryland wine" sense, but in an objective sense. I went back and forth between the PC and the Black Ankle, and the Black Ankle never suffered. It had less depth/richness than the Pontet Canet, but it was an enjoyable wine to drink that did a great job of showing the quality of Bordeaux grapes in the Eastern USA. I think it was the best Eastern USA red wine I have ever had, and I have had a lot of them.

I corked up both and put them in the fridge to try again tonight.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Château Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:05 am

Maryland..darn good write up.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Château Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle

by Ryan M » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:29 pm

I remember the 2003 PC as having all of the positive qualities of 2003 and none of the weaknesses, modern Bordeaux done about as right as it could be. I thinking maybe this year might be time to try out one of my 2000s.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Château Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle

by David M. Bueker » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:04 am

I am probably going to dig up a 2000 this winter.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Château Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle

by Jenise » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:11 pm

PC was just about the only 03 I bought. The vintage scared me, but I like PC so much I bought a few just for 'science'. Glad I did, thanks for the note.
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