Monday, January 27, 2014

Updated Review: *** Chez Ray Merlot, Lodi, California, 2008

Now we'll give a try to the Chez Ray Merlot, made from fresh California grapes.  Description of the associated winemaking for the 2008 vintage (coded M8) is here.

Original Review, June, 2010:

In the glass: Chez Ray Merlot shows as in medium deep red in the glass, it never gets opaque. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this purebred young merlot shows a fleshy, slightly meaty, mid-red berry nose.

On the palate: The first elements on the palate area still-young, yeasty red berry overtone, then bearing down with stronger black walnut, smoke and slashing alcohol tones.  Wants to settle down a bit still.

In summary: Overall, potential for being solid base in a blended mix.  Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale
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Updated review, three and a half years later, January, 2014:  Medium dusty red with hints of pink.  A little bit of age showing on the nose, but backed up with bright, meaty, purple fruits.  Wow, still brings charcoal and alcohol on the palate, cutting through (and maybe even taking center stage from) the underlying aromatic red and purple fruit.  Holding at three stars; but I have my doubts if it wants much more age.

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