Robert James Lynch
2007 Bodaeceia Red Bordeaux Style Blend
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Mission Codename: Queen of the Iceni
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Revisit or friend Bob Lynch from Irish Monkey Cellars and bring you his fantastic personal labeled Bodaeceia Bordeaux Style Red Blend.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Robert James Lynch
Wine Subject: 2007 Bodaeceia Red Bordeaux Style Blend
Winemaker: Bob Lynch
Backgrounder: Bordeaux wines are usually a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet France, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. In France and in California’s versions, perfection is achieved with the perfect balance of these grapes highlighting each varietal’s characteristics. Today’s 2007 Bodaeceia Red Bordeaux Style Blend is a delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec with a little Mouvedre mixed in for ‘poetic’ purposes.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Extremely dark and dense purple, nearly black from some angles, but ruby red reflections shine though it’s clear but dense heart. Along the edges the color pales only slightly to purple-ruby. When swirled, this wine initially leaves evenly spaced broad legs those are followed by slower thin legs that hang on the side of the glass.
Smell – Bountiful black and red fruit aromas of blackberry, cherry, cassis, currants and plum are framed by spice and pepper as well as toasted oak and licorice notes. Hints of dark cocoa, exotic spice and even floral hints hide just underneath the rich spicy fruit.
Feel – Warm and generous, this rich full-bodied and dry wine expands over the palate with finely grained but present tannins. A touch of mineral texture and rustic tangy acidity holds everything together into the finish.
Taste – All the dark fruit from the nose is boldly leads the way on the palate with jammy and ripe blackberry, dark cherry and other dark berries blending with exotic spice, pepper and toasted oak. As the initial round of dark fruit fades, red fruit follows with sweet cocoa and floral notes.
Finish – Long and generous with the ripe, rich and jammy fruit lasting and lasting. Hints of spice, cocoa, rustic texture and oak linger on and invite another sip.
Conclusion – The 2007 Robert James Lynch Bodaeceia Red Bordeaux Style Blend is not only delicious, but is also rustic and fun to drink. Serious enough to please the enthusiast but still warm and approachable to enjoy in big gulps. A great wine to pair with your summer BBQ or to enjoy in front of your outdoor fire as the warm night lingers. Enjoy this wine tonight after letting it open for about 45 minutes or cellar for the next five years.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The approximate location of the Irish Monkey Cellars where this wine can be found can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
Bodaeceia – Queen of the Iceni (Briton, 46-62AD)
I love great Bordeaux: the peppery Cab Sauv and fruity-floral Cab Franc combine with the backdrop of Merlot and Malbec to give a deeply colored, yet wonderfully balanced glass of wine. It is – at least for this old Bear – truly The Wine to have with great Holiday roasts, prime Rib, curried-stuffed mushrooms and savory late-season herbed dressings.
The wine rewards careful ageing, serving at about 65°F (18°C), and after some cellar age, being decanted.
About The Winery:
I’ve been making wine since 1997 … first at home to see “if it was hard”, then growing every year a bit until my dear Loreta said, “Look, stop monkeying around, and turn this huge hobby into a business!”
My private goal was always the same: to make a wine so remarkable that even my most critical wine-aficionado friends would agree that it was amongst the best wines they’d had. So, while we’ve made a lot of different kind of wine, only on certain vintages have I felt that the “so remarkable” is being achieved.
The wines that are labelled “Robert James Lynch” are those that simply are amongst the best wines I’ve yet produced. They have the tannins, the balance and the finesse to pair with any classic cuisine, and should also age marvelously in controlled cellar conditions. I hope you find them as enjoyable as as I do!
Our premier wine is the 2007 Bodaeceia, an utterly perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Mouvedre (just a wee bit of poetry there…)
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Mouvedre