Sunday, August 1, 2010

*** $ Tin Roof Cellars Merlot, 2005, CA - Wine Review and Rating (BEST VALUE)

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Original Review, April, 2009: Tin Roof Cellars Merlot is in some ways a classic American wine - modestly-priced merlot from the "California" appelation, meaning it was not sourced from one or another of the more exclusive areas of California, but is a blend of Central and North Coast vineyard grapes. It is a forgotten sort of wine today, in the post - "Sideways" world . Tin Roof Cellars Merlot, 2005, is blended with a touch of cabernet sauvignon and petite sirah.

Let's see what the wine itself brings. In the glass it is medium deep red, turning almost opaque in the center. The aromas are substantive and fruity, bringing ripe plums up to your nose. The palate is smooth, simple, full, slightly sweet but fairly balanced. You get sweet, full, bright blackberry fruit lifted to all portions of your mouth, followed by a clean, even, modest - though fairly simple - finish.

This yields three stars out of five on the Spirit of Wine scale, since I would potentially try this again. Excellent value at its modest price. OK to allow aging for a couple more years, or offer a substantial decant before pouring.

Updated review, over a year later, August, 2010, served cool with brief decant:  Aroma is quite consistent with the additional year of bottle age.  And the palate has held well too.  Now it is slightly rounder, perhaps, but still simple, clean, rich and tasty.

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