Thursday, July 26, 2012

Updated Review: *** $$ Oelet Vines Meritage, California, 2009

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Initial review, by way of background, March, 2011: This is Oelet Vines Meritage, California, 2009, a blend of 50% merlot, 30% malbec and 20% cabernet sauvignon, vinted by MWD Vineyards and finished at 14.3% alcohol.

In the glass: Oelet is deep and bright burgundy. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this California meritage shows bright, purple-fruit aromatics.  Seems like it will be punchy, tangy, simple and fruity on the palate. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are actually somewhat more rounded and complex than anticipated.  Dark fruit with streaks of charcoal and light tannins, yet sweet and round in tone.  A violet aromatic flash comes in at the end of the sip, leading the modest length finish. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Updated review, over a year later,  July, 2012:  Deep brick red now in color.  The nose still has a purple fruit cast, but now it is punchy, deep and layered.  The "punchy" part has remained consistent.  Black, slightly velvety and aromatic fruit touch the palate, with elements of charcoal nicely blended.  Lengthy, layered and very clean finish.  Gains a full plus for being so well layered.  Becomes a good value. 

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