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  1. 2002 Château Cos d'Estournel (St. Estèphe)

    1. This could be the wine of the vintage. There is ample depth, sweetness of fruit, silky tannins and a regal character with notes of dark chocolate, boysenberries and spice in the finish. Decanted 30 minutes, the wine got better and better as it built up steam. Yes, if you want to picky, there is a touch of grit in the finish, but there is such a beautiful wealth of quality to the fruit, I did not care. And due to the weakness of the vintage, the wine sells for a song, compared to the top vintages of COS. This is not a wine to invest in, but it's definitely a wine to drink.

      94 points - Tasted
    2. Filled with licorice, cocoa, spice, earth, cassis and blackberry, this subtle wine sneaks up on you with 20-30 minutes of air. The tannins soften, the wine fleshes out and the textures gain silkier characteristics. This is an outstanding wine and because the vintage has a mixed reputation, for Cos, the wine is priced fairly. Drink it for pleasure now, or age it for more complexity.

      93 points - Tasted
    3. Forward in style, this began showing well after 30 minutes in the glass. Round in texture, with ripe, spicy blackberry, cassis, earth and tobacco, it was already a pleasure to drink. It has the stuffing to improve, but if you have more than a few bottles, there is no reason to wait.

      92 points - Tasted
    4. Ruby colored offering a full, rich mouth of juicy Cabernet, chocolate, spice and cassis. Full bodied and sillky, this does not show signs of under ripeness found in other wines from the vintage.

      92 points - Tasted