Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: *** Chez Ray Merlot, Lodi, California, extended maceration, 2008 (code M8e)

Review: Chez Ray Merlot, Lodi, California, extended maceration, 2008 (code M8e):  First grape pressing described here, and now being reviewed at six years from vintage date, January, 2014.


In the glass, this is medium deep red with some brick.

The nose shows a deep muddled red fruit, with some oxidation and leather.

On the palate, a lot of creaky old leather and oak, buttressed with just enough solid fruit and acids to keep things lively.  Finish is quick, clean and robust.

Three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

The version of this wine without extended maceration was reviewed here.


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