Decided this would be a fun bottle to open for the small NY Eve party. Decanted for about 3 hrs before drinking. Definitely nearing the end of its life, but still a delicious treat. Lovely brick red, the fruit was very moderated -- definitely an earth-heavy wine at this point. I was sorry to see the bottle end.
Gather round children......if you have this wine thank your lucky stars, I don't....so I hate u. Drank this tonight blind with our weekly wine group, brought by a member. Most of us guessed bordeaux, I went right bank...... and then quickly into hiding after it was revealed. I swore there was a good dose of merlot in this wine since it has some sweet red fruit. Delicious, beautiful nose of red fruit and leather, the oak is gone, tannins smooth, secondary characteristics, stored pristine since purchase. I drink napa young, but has made me thinking otherwise. I am going to let all mine age u should to!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tasted at winery – medium ruby red with bricking rim. Developed sweet and pungent nose of stewed red cherries, soy sauce and worn leather. Very nice. Flavours of red fruits, tobacco and earthy notes. Silky mouth feel. Medium body, medium acidity, well integrated tannins and a long finish. This wine is ready to go but no rush. Excellent.
Tasting note from memory. This 97 Merlot has peaked, and is missing all it’s vibrant fruit from its youth. Showing little aromatics on opening, it did open up somewhat after 45 minutes. A solid Shafer with significantly receding fruit.
I nice but unremarkable merlot for the evening. Decent fruit, some earth and a little twang of tannin.
Dinner however, was stellar!!
Grilled pork tenderloin with a reduction of star anise, cinnamon, onion, apple cider and chicken stock. Served with fresh squash from the garden, it hit the spot on the first rainy day Seattle has seen in months.
Almost no nose, and certainly not enough to comment on good or bad odors. Firm tannins and reasonable fruit. I was expecting something much better. This is just wine. Roll the dice and try again in 2006