Saturday, July 16, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ** $ Pine & Post Merlot, Washington State, 2009 - PRACTICALLY FREE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Washington State is becoming known for doing a nice job with deep red varietals, notably cabernet sauvignon and merlot.  Here we are trying a Washington state merlot that is available at a "practically free" price. 

Original tasting and review : This is Pine & Post Merlot, Washington State, 2009, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass:  Pine & Post Merlot is medium to deep red burgundy. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, plumy merlot character.  From the aroma, seems like this will be simple though perhaps full-bodied. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a balanced sip alternating between full-but-acid-toned plums and riper blackberry.  Acids, not tannins, bring the sip along, lodging it in your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, fun, fruity, bright experience rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale

Following long decant, one day kept cool in partially filled bottle:
Nose is even bolder, though still soft and plumy.  The palate is softer now, with rich ripe blackberries holding out in a longer sip with some tannins now.  This is knitting together, and garners a plus for balance with the extra decant time.

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