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Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 12.47.09 PMI don’t know where you are reading this from but here in Virginia it took a turn for cold weather fast. Before we know it, it will be Thanksgiving and Christmas followed by popping open a bottle of Champagne for 2015. One thing that I notice as I am getting older and enjoying wine is that my idea of a 2011 or 2012 wine is that it is super young. But really come next year this wine will be 3 and 4 years old. Some how as the years go by and the wine vintages release, I will need to adjust my expectations of these wines.

Random thought leads us to the almost 4 year old 2011 Merleaux Sonoma County Merlot, which is actually a blend of multiple grapes. It just so happens to be enough Merlot to call it a Merlot. I got this one in a deal from Underground Cellar, as the “bargain” bottle at $25 and you can see purchase it from their website for the same.

Here is the description of the wine from Underground Cellar:

Merleaux Wine Company Was Created To Showcase The Versatile Merlot Grape, Which Can Have Wonderful Flavors And Is Very Pleasant To Drink By Itself, Share With Friends And Pair With Food. They Took A Classic Grape And Added Some Of Their Favorite Wines (The Winemaker Calls Them Her Spice Rack) To Give The Wine More Complexity And Depth Of Character. Merleaux Wine Company Chose A Mardi Gras Theme Mask Because Merleaux Represents Their Version Of Cajun Spices And New Orleans Flair And Excitement. This Is A Wine That Excites The Senses.

This Wine Is A Bordeaux Blend Style. 75% Merlot, 8% Petite Sirah, 7% Cabernet And 10% 5 Other Varietals. It Has A Richness And Even Subtle Hints Of Chocolate!  This Special Wine Has Been A Huge Hit At The Winery And Has Sold Out Every Year.

So how was it?

Color – Dark opaque red.

Nose – Black cherry with leather and vanilla.

Taste – Black cherry and blackberries with vanilla and oak.

Finish – Medium to long with medium to high acid and bold rounded tannins.

Overall, this wine is exploding with fruit. It has a lot of black cherries and berry flavors with just a little bit of earth at the tail-end. It puts the fruit in fruit forward so if you like super fruit forward wines this one is for you. Pretty bold wine and I like the different blends and the concept of them as their spices.

Rating: B+

~Justin