Tuesday, August 23, 2011

***+ $$ Shimmer Shiraz Merlot, Washington State, 2006 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review, February, 2010:

By way of background: Shimmer is a blend of shiraz and merlot (thus the name, shi-m-mer) from Washington State, and acquired as part of a Barclays Wine package . The 2006 vintage is a 50/50 blend and finished at 13.4% alcohol.

In the glass: Shimmer shows as medium deep red in the glass.

On the nose: Poured with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this shiraz-merlot offers deep, knitted black and red currant aromas.  

On the palate: The first element on the palate is the lush, perfumed shiraz fruit, bringing a slight milk chocolate impression to the back of your palate.  That is supplemented by a full, round, mid-palate black and red cherry fruit combo.

And the finish: Shimmer tucks its fruit into your cheeks, without a great deal of acid or tannins, but it nonetheless rests for a modestly long finish.

In summary: Overall, this brings a deep, rich, aromatic experience, built off the shiraz base. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, as I would be intrigued to try Shimmer again someday.

 Following a three-day decant under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle:  more chocolate, less perfume on the nose;  soft, now really milk chocolate palate with dark cherry as a follow-on.  Add a plus for improving with age.  Good value.

Updated review, a year and a half later, August, 2011:  Deep fruit and cedar on the nose.  Soft and sandy chocolate fruit on the palate.  Mineral and acids slide along after, assisting with the fresh finish.  Holding solid with the extra age.

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