Monday, June 28, 2010

***+ $ Korta Estate Bottled Barrel Selection Merlot, Lontue Valley, Chile, 2004 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:   

By way of background: Korta Estate Bottled Barrel Selection Merlot from the Lontue Valley of Chile is made by Sagrada Familia.  The 2004 vintage is finished at 14% alcohol.

In the glass: shows as deep dark velvet red in the glass, opaque to within an inch of the edge. 

On the nose: Poured with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Chilean merlot shows a deep, fruity but old world style, complete with deep wood and ripe black currants.

On the palate: The first elements on the palate are brambly and furry fruit, with plum aromatic overtones swirling around the edges. Softer tannins in the perimeter too.

In summary: Overall, a rich yet balanced experience.  Rates three  stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for power and depth.  Awesome value.

Following extremely long decant, left by mistake almost a week under vacuum in an almost empty bottle at warm room temperature... The nose now carries strong port-like overtones, with still-solid fruit.  On the palate, remarkably, this hasn't cooked - fruit and tannins and acids hang in there, admittedly with a touch of oxidation just nipping at its heels.  Now, I would never recommend this treatment for a wine, but Korta Merlot has held up well to the abuse.

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