If you find yourself only enjoying California wines, you may want to branch out and try the 2004 Branaire-Ducru from the Saint-Julien appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. This is a complex wine with a lot of layers. This is a wine you want to take your time with and allow it to fully open. When initially poured, there are rich earthy aromas with some spice and black cherry. As the wine opens, an aroma of chocolate becomes more prominent and the cherry becomes more intense. The palate is full of complicated layers as well. There is a earthiness along with some spice, black cherry and a slightly gamey quality when this wine is first poured. As it opens, chocolate flavors also become a component of the flavors. The 2004 Branaire-Ducru is incredibly smooth. The 2004 Branaire-Ducru can be purchased for around $50.
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