Saturday, June 2, 2007

Rating: **** 2004 Avila Merlot, Santa Barbara County, CA

Review: This merlot showed as purple-red in the glass. The nose was one of burnt purple up front. On the palate, the burnt aroma vanished immediately in favor of a luscious, sweet-cherry middle, surrounded by comfortable tannins which led to a satisfying, mid-length finish. A merlot to curl up with for the evening.

Also one of the rare Santa Barbara County merlots that challenges the wisdom of Miles' comment in "Sideways".

This wine was sampled as part of our brief expedition cruising Santa Ynez Valley.

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