Friday, August 17, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$ Melanto Terrace Zinfandel, California, non-vintage = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review, July, 2011 : This is Melanto Terrace Zinfandel, California, non-vintage, finished at 1.% alcohol.

In the glass:  Medium deep ruddy red.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows sweet deep red aroma, with sweet red pepper. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are sweet, full, muddy red fruit. Flush and friendly, clean finish with red sandy tannins.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for sweet and peppery balance.    Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Still full, rich and aromatic on the nose, expressing some motor oil now. Sweet but now generic on the palate, would lose its plus.  Drink fresh.

Updated review, over a year later, August, 2012:  Color and aromas have held entirely consistent.  Sweet, full, soft-pepper palate remains.  Very balanced, soft and aromatic finish.  Touches four stars.  Becomes a best value.
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