Alter Ego de Palmer (2nd wine of Palmer) 2006

Margaux, Second wine

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Tasting Notes

The 2006 Alter Ego de Palmer, a top-notch second wine, exhibits notes of tar, licorice, herbs, and sweet black cherries in its soft, round, easy to drink style. Enjoy it over the next 5-7 years.

Score: 87

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2009-2016 01 February 2009

(53% cabernet sauvignon, 41% merlot and 6% petit verdot) Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of plum, mulberry, chocolate and animal fur. Sweet and reasonably deep, with good definition and energy. Finishes with fairly serious but nicely buffered tannins and very good length. This still needs some time to come together.

Score: 87 - 89

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 May 2007

Tasted at the château. This is a very fine Alter Ego. A cool, mineral nose with blackberry, limestone and a scent of gravel and hedgerow. Very fine definition. The palate is quite attacking, racy acidity and a sharpness that lends this such lift and penetration. Very minerally with a silky smooth, very focused finish of blackberry, cedar and blueberries. More reserved that usual, but perhaps more sophisticated. Tasted April 2007.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com 24 April 2007

41M, 53CS, 6PV, representing 50% of production (with a further 10% sold off in bulk). For the first time, Petit Verdot that is usually set aside for the Grand Vin will go into Alter Ego. Rich ruby colour. Seductive nose of soft red fruits. Midweight, round and harmonious with very silky tannins, with a savoury finish and touches of vanilla oak. Very charming and a very good second wine this year.

Score: 90 - 92

Albany Vintners, - 01 April 2007

Spicy and delicious. Shows loads of fruit, with fine tannins and a long finish. Very pretty and juicy.

Score: 89 - 91

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 01 April 2007

Excellent depth of crimson. Very full, fresh, ripe fruity aroma - much more so than Pavillon Rouge just tasted in fact. Though a little taut and drily inexpressive on the palate. This is not as early maturing as the original Alter Ego mission statement might suggest. Very easy on the finish though. Well made by a gentle hand. Slightly hollow towards the finish. Juicy, sweet crunchy fruit - hint of spice (because of the Petit Verdot?). Just a lack of impact on the back palate.

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2013-2019 01 April 2007