Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a tasty one from Virginia.
Dark ruby in color with a nice reddish rim.
Fruity nose with blueberries, currants, bing cherries, honeysuckle, light oak, red candy, spices, dark coffee, vanilla, dark chocolates, light vegetables and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and pretty legs.
Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, black currants, light wood, spices, black pepper, earth, bitter herbs and tobacco leaf.
Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very interesting wine from Virginia. A nice Bordeaux blend that warrants food, although pretty nice by itself too. Tangy and soft, with a nice mouthfeel and mild complexity.
Needs 30 minutes to open up properly, but so much nicer after 90 minutes in a decanter, when it really comes together.
Could be mistaken for a California Bordeaux blend, except for the honeysuckle nose, that i usually find in wines from the Southeast of the US.
Nice and engaging with lively acidity and a tangy finish.
Would be nice to see how it ages in the next 5 years.
I enjoyed it with Brie cheese.
A blend of 41% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 23% petit verdot, and 4% Malbec.
13.6% alcohol by volume.