2002 Blair Estate Meritage

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • thalver wrote:

    December 18, 2011 - Two bottles of this, one consumed on the day of arrival, the other a couple nights later. (for those that ascribe to travel shock, view this accordingly) Seldom have I had two bottles of the same wine show more differently. The nose on both was similar, with a complex melange of fruits and herbs (the cab franc component?) The first bottle exploded from the glass, the second took a bit of swirling to bring around. Though the flavor profile on both bottles was similar, the first was smooth and aromatically intoxicating, with a minimum of sediment. The second bottle threw as much sediment as I think I have ever had from a wine so young. Even after straining it through a coffee filter, it continued to show tannic and astringent on the palate and finish. First bottle: 92 points. Second bottle: 86 points


1 Comment

  • Sakas commented:

    1/4/12, 12:28 AM - This experience does not disprove travel shock, it just illustrates bottle variation. If you want to experiment with travel shock ship 2 bottles of the same wine cross-country via ground and open one the day after it arrives and the other a month later. Repeat many times with different wines, then talk about travel shock.

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