Bright ruby-red. Very spicy, floral nose shows a hint of torrefaction to the rich red cherry and red plum jam aromas. In the mouth, savory and sweet flavors of saline-accented red fruit and licorice are supported by an oaky undertone. Finishes clean and persistent. A very good showing for Batailley.
Tasted blind. Mid garnet. Bags of toasty oak. Smells super-sweetly oaky. Tastes over-oaked too – shame because there is some nice fruit underneath. But finishes bitter. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2028
Robert Parker 90
The 2013 Batailley has a relatively backward bouquet, however, there is respectable fruit concentration here for the vintage: blackberry, cedar and cigar box, your typical traits for this estate. The palate offers commendable weight and extraction: not a Batailley of finesse or even complexity, though one with a modicum of presence and substance. Given this is a 2013 there is negligible under-ripeness on the tensile and almost steely finish. I can see this giving 10-15 years of pleasure and it represents a very commendable wine in the context of the growing season.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027