Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Spirit of Wine Tasting & Review: **+ $ Zachys Red Wine, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France, NV

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Original Tasting and Review, May, 2010:    

By way of background: Zachys Red Wine, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France, is a house blend from the retailer Zachys.  It is called a Don Zacharia Selection, and this non-vintage bottling (I estimate it is 2007) is finished at 12.5% alcohol.    

In the glass: Zachys Red Wine shows as deep velvet red in the glass, dark at the center.    

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this French meritage carries a deep, busty red cherry aroma, with just a hint of old-world bramble.
 


On the palate: The first elements on the palate are dusty and bright red fruit, with bright, sparky, spreading acids following on quickly. 

And the wrap-up: The finish is defined by the bright red tautness, which curls into your upper cheeks and nostrils, and hangs for a good long time.  


In summary: Overall, food-friendly wine, good for the picnic. Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for promise as the acids may mellow in time.  


Following a full-day cool decant:  Aroma is consistent, but the sip has grown less acidic, rounding out medium-weight red cherries with hints of acids and tannins.  Slightly more pleasant, and I'll leave at two plus stars for the time being.  Age may bring this to three stars ultimately.
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Updated review, a year later, June, 2011:  Color and aroma are more muddled now, with the aromas suggestive of grilled and now-ashen red berries.  The red fruit is still on the tongue, with brightness and acids remaining in place as well.  Clean finish with the acids, but not improved over a year earlier.  Not diminished however. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Wow, the nose has grown almost entirely mute.  Light and bright on the palate, with the acids more in balance.

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