Sunday, January 15, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $ Decker Merlot, 2003, Napa, CA - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: Decker Estates Cellars Merlot from Napa, CA, shows a robust 14.4% alcohol. Grapes are selected from various parcels in the region.

Original review, May, 2009:

In the glass, Decker Merlot, 2003, is medium dark red, bricking to about a half inch from the edge.

Aromas are of classic, new world merlot fruit, fairly bold, yet quite clean and plummy despite six years in the bottle.

A thick, full experience on the palate in your first sip - with settled inky, black currant coating your mouth, wrapped in softened but healthy tannins. The finish tells its age, but does provide a lengthy exit.

Three stars because I'd return to the wine, with a plus for its intensity. Awesome value.
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Updated review, over two and a half years later, January, 2012:  Consistent color.  Aromas show a bit of funk now, nine years from vintage date.  Also a touch of broccoli in the persistent and generally sound palate - so Decker Merlot has just passed its prime. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Interestingly, a little less funk on the nose and palate.  More tannins come through.

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