3 Badge Beverage Leese – Fitch Merlot 2014, California

My Rating 82 Points.   

Price $12. 

 

Bright ruby in color with light intensity and a brick rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cherries, oak, licorice, cloves, alcohol, spices, chocolates, mocha, dark coffee, cola and peppercorn.

Medium-bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with sweet cherries, plums, blackberries, black currants, wood, vanilla, alcohol, spices, green vegetables, chocolates, tobacco, cola, herbs and black pepper.

Short finish with green, bitter tannins.

An average red wine, light and balanced. Simple and enjoyable with food.

This California Merlot needs an hour to open up and show some tannins. Very hot at the back of the throat which didn’t sit well with me.

One more year in the bottle might help with the heat and tannins.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

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