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mommadeb1 wrote:What a strange coincidence that I happened to open a bottle of this last night over at my moms house!!!
The 2 people who tried, were my mom and dad. Mom doesn't like heavy tannins (that suck her mouth dry, as she says)and more fruit forward. Dad prefers more tannins and likes earthy and fruit flavors.
Me, I like fruit forward, no earth, leather or tobacco, and tannins.
We opened the bottle and poured a bit without the vinturi.
Color: We were all surprised how pale it was for a merlot.
Smell: Very tight, Dad says he was smelling rubbing alcohol, mom smelled something she couldn't identify, me... really didn't pick up on anything.
Taste: Mom did not like..She couldn't explain why, just it was not for her. Dad said it was extremely light feeling for a Merlot. Me: I thought it was very light and I know this sounds strange, but I tasted apple (granny smith and fuji) and cranberry. strange I know. It was light and refreshing.
2nd taste with wine going thru the vinturi:
We were all surprised how much the vinturi changed the taste.
Mom.. wow the wine got really tannic.. thinks it needs to decant for a while.
Dad: the tannins were really coming thru. Taste improved with time.
Me: more tannins were coming thru, but as I kept swirling my glass the wine mellowed out. I still was getting apple cranberry.
We all felt the aftertaste had a hint of sweetness and was nice. But it is definitely not a sweet wine..
Mom liked the aftertaste the best.
I took the bottle home and then had a glass (thru the vinturi) with dinner (steak (rare) baked tater and fresh green beans). Wow this is what the wine was meant for. It complimented each dish. The tannins helped cut the richness of the steak. I can't really explain it, just I wanted more of this wine with the food.
This wine is perfect if you want a light, not very complex wine. It needs to be paired with food.
Final note: we saved half the bottle to see how it is the next day. Will report back later.
Thanks for the feedback! Did you ever try the Skrew Kappa Napa or Toolbox Merlots offered here? Trying to gauge a flavore profile/style. Thanks
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