Second Sunday Group: 2010 California Merlot (Our house): Somewhat deep color, though not quite as dark as I expected. Opens with a subtle nutty aroma, just a hint of oxidation, with apple and mineral notes underneath. The mineral and fruit becomes more apparent as the wine opens in the glass, and the nutty note almost disappears completely. Finishes with stone and saline notes. Good, but not great, although others liked this more than I, and one taster identified it as Chablis.
Already quite matured and tired. Ah well... but still some interesting tertiary elements remaining. Rather smooth, oxidation aromas, which reminds me of Vin Jaune, honey, dried iodine, bitter grapefruit, not wanting to go away yet... A bit one dimensional and one would expect more from Les Clos but this definitely shows the heat of the vintage... drink up within a year as there is no way this is going to benefit from longer ageing. Nevertheless, it was quite enjoyable with lots of Vongole clams and right before putting in the pasta, I couldn't help from picking up a good few while sipping through a glass of this wine. Life wasn't that bad really~
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