Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Updated Review: *** $$ Castillo de Monjardin Deyo Merlot, Navarra, Spain, 2006 - Wine Tasting & Review

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By way of background: Castillo de Monjardin Deyo Merlot is from Navarra, Spain, and is finished with a full year in new French oak. The 2006 vintage is finished at 14% alcohol.

Original Tasting and Review, June, 2010:   

In the glass: Monjardin Merlot shows as deep magenta and purple in the glass, opaque to within a half inch of the edge. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Crianza merlot brings a bold, deep, eucalyptus-tinged black fruit aroma straight into your nostrils, pure and sweet.  As a merlot, it represents the closest aroma I have experienced to the richest McLaren Vale syrahs in a non-syrah varietal.  And yet its penetrating purity is still unique.  Quite intriguing. 

On the palate: The first elements on the palate are a round and pure ripe blackberry middle, with a full alcohol lift.  Hotter and brighter on the palate than the aromas would suggest, but with a silky soul.

In summary: Overall, a powerful wine with a seductively-perfumed entry.  Rates three full stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  I still can't get over that awesome nose!  Decent value too.

Following a long decant, half a day in partially filled bottle:   The aroma has grown slightly muted, trading some of the eucalyptus for overtones of stewed mixed vegetables.  Still with a fruit core.  On the palate, the alcohol has folded in, creating a full middle red wine experience, with some underlying complexity. 

Updated review, almost two years later, April, 2012:  Color and unique aroma remain entirely consistent.  A light and bright middle pays off with significant eucalyptus on the palate, but with a more hollow middle than might be expected.  Crispy finish.

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