Monday, February 8, 2010

*** $$ Pavin & Riley Merlot, Washington State, 2006 Wine Tasting and Review

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Pavin & Riley Merlot from Washington State is part of a Barclays Wine collection, and represents one of the more notable offerings from Washington State.  A total of 97% merlot is blended with 3% syrah and 3% cabernet franc for the 2006 vintage, which is finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Pavin & Riley Merlot shows as medium deep red in the glass, slightly lighter than I might have expected from this provenance. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Washington State Merlot brings forth a shy but fruity red aroma.  

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a light, even, slightly sweet and friendly red cherry.  Looking beyond the simple fruit, you find just a hint of cinnamon and tobacco, but still quite simple and subdued.  

And the finish: More acids than tannins pair with the fruit to create a clean, but simple finish.

In summary: Overall, bright, pleasant, fully friendly, but ultimately not memorable experience.   I'm torn, because its friendliness makes me not want to avoid it for the future.  But ultimately, I'd have to say life is too short to chase down another bottle of Pavin & Riley Merlot.  Therefore, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with the plus for its friendly politically-correctness.

Following three-day decant under vacuum in partial bottle:  Shy aromas still, but the tobacco and cinnamon come on a bit stronger, rounder and bolder.  Actually a bit of texture too - move this to three stars!  Good for more age too.

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