Sunday, November 27, 2011

Updated Review: **** Chez Ray Merlot, Suscol Ranch, Napa CA, 2007- Homemade Wine Tasting & Review

Original review, November, 2010:  This is an early tasting of the 2007 Merlot, Suscol Ranch, Napa CA (Brehm code: 515 - 07SRM (SR7) (MS7)) .

The winemaking process and grapes are described in more detail here.

In the glass, this is deep magenta, moving towards opaque in the center.  Poured cool with a brief decant, this Napa merlot still shows primary, sweet, fibrous fruit.  Seems like it is much too young for full enjoyment, but let's see...

The palate is still quite fruity, but rich and concentrated, with a nice sleek backbone.  Light acids, but gentle tannins carry the finish along well.  It seems as though this will take on nice weight with some age.  Three stars on the five star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its distinct promise.

Updated review, over a year later, November, 2011:  More deep brick red now.  Poured cool, more dark oak sneaks in around the core of fruit.   On the palate, a smoky and deep fruit center is supported by lush, almost creamy, tannins, which bring a long, slow, layered finish.  Awesome, complex and delicious - fresh and still with good depth.  Four stars now. Following long decant, three days kept cool in partially filled bottle: Lightly funky motor oil in the nose.  Soft middle, but just turned to lightly oxidized style. 

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